The “allergic march” is the progression of allergic disease that occurs from eczema to later developing food allergies, allergic rhinitis and asthma.

Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin that causes redness, scaly and intense itching. Many patients have food allergies or environmental allergies that worsen the rash.  Eczema usually begins at 2 years of age.

Food allergies are caused by an overreaction of your body’s immune system to specific proteins in foods.  The most common food allergies are milk, egg, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, peanut, tree nuts and sesame.  Food allergies begin around 1 year old or when the child begins eating the trigger food.

Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, is also caused by overreaction of your body’s immune system but this time to proteins in of the environment.  Examples are pollens such as those of grass, trees, weeds, and ragweed, but also includes animal dander (like your cat or dog) or mold spores.  Symptoms include sneezing, coughing, postnasal drip, runny nose or eyes, nasal congestion, itchy or red eyes, and sinus pain and pressure.

Asthma is an inflammatory condition of the lungs that causes shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, and coughing.  It is mostly allergic (same triggers as food and environmental allergies) but can also be triggered by perfumes, infections, stress, exercise, dust, chemicals and change in weather (typically temperature and/or humidity).

If you think you need help with halting your allergic march and just can’t do it yourself anymore, or you would like to be tested or treated for your allergies and believe you may be a good candidate for allergen immunotherapy, Dr. Wendt and her team staff at Relieve Allergy, Asthma & Hives would love to help.

Relieve Allergy Asthma & Hives is located near Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Quarter, DC Ranch and Grayhawk at 21803 N. Scottsdale Road Ste. 200, on the corners of Deer Valley and Scottsdale Roads, and has convenient evening and early morning hours to accommodate your schedule.

Dr. Wendt is also available for telemedicine appointments as appropriate. Insurance plans accepted. Call 480-500-1902 today to schedule an appointment now and begin your allergy testing and treatment with Dr. Wendt at Relieve Allergy, Asthma & Hives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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