More than 50 million people in the United States have allergies and that number is increasing. Many medications to treat allergies can be found over the counter and can save you a trip to the doctor. However, for those patients that find themselves taking medication greater than six months out of the year, taking multiple medications and not getting better, unable to tolerate the side effects of the medicine or want to know what they are allergic to so they can avoid their allergen, a visit to our office may prove beneficial. Finding out what you are allergic to is an important step to effective allergy treatment.
Dr. Sterling is a fellowship trained allergist who has authored publications in the field of allergy. Allergies can cause symptoms such as recurrent or persistent colds, cough or difficulty breathing, frequent sneezing, stuffy nose and/or runny nose, recurrent or chronic sinus infection, recurrent or persistent sore or swollen throat and post nasal drainage, recurrent or chronic upper respiratory tract symptoms. Allergy can also make asthma worse. Skin testing is the most common method used to diagnose allergies though blood testing can play a role as well. Once your specific allergens are identified Dr. Sterling will discuss treatment options with you as to whether or not you are a candidate for allergy injections ( immunotherapy) for treatment of your allergies.