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What are Allergies?

Allergies are reactions triggered by your immune system as it mistakes normal, everyday substances for a dangerous intruder in your body. Your body responds by attacking the intruder, or allergen. This type of response produces histamines, which create allergy symptoms. Allergies range from mild to severe and can produce minor irritation or result in anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening condition. People are allergic to a variety of materials (allergens) including:

  • • Food: Eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy and wheat
    • Pollen, animal dander, dust mites and mold
    • Insect stings: Bees and wasps
    • Medicines: Penicillin and penicillin-based antibiotics

Our staff physician, Dr. Matthew Patterson, ENT, diagnoses and treats a wide array of allergy conditions. He also performs surgery in the head and neck area above the collarbones, excluding the eyes, brain, and spinal column.

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