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How Childhood and Adult-Onset Asthma Differ Sep 1st, 2019

Over 25 million people in the United States have asthma. It’s a condition that must be treated, or you risk doing permanent damage to your lungs. Unfortunately, asthma at any age cannot be cured, only controlled and managed. While there are similarities, childhood and adult-onset asthma differ. At Allergy Asthma...

What Should I Do About Rashes and Hives? Aug 1st, 2019

Rashes and hives appear as red or flesh-colored bumps anywhere on your body. They typically feel itchy but can also sting or burn. These conditions may appear and disappear suddenly, or appear and linger for months or years. In addition to causing discomfort, rashes and hives can make you feel...

What's the Difference Between Seasonal and Perennial Allergies? Jul 22nd, 2019

When you have an allergy, your immune system is reacting to a substance it sees as foreign and harmful to your body. That reaction causes the watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, and sneezing you’re probably familiar with — those are ways your body tries to get rid of the substances...

5 Tips for Helping House Guests With Dog or Cat Allergies Jun 13th, 2019

If you know someone who has pet allergies, you know pet dander, saliva, or urine can be major irritants. From sniffly noses to watery eyes to persistent sneezing, entering a pet-friendly home when your body isn’t so pet-friendly can be unpleasant. When you and your furry friends are expecting guests...

What is an Accelerated Allergy Shot Schedule and When is it Used? May 14th, 2019

When allergies make you miserable, you want relief stat! But a traditional allergy shot schedule can take months to work. That’s why Dr. Laura Ispas of the Allergy Asthma & Immunology Institute offers an accelerated allergy shot schedule that gives patients in Leesburg, Virginia, much faster relief. If you’re looking...

5 Symptoms That Could Mean You Are Suffering From Sinusitis Mar 31st, 2019

Laura Ispas, MD, at Allergy Asthma & Immunology Institute in Leesburg, Virginia, is a specialist with extensive experience in treating sinus infections (sinusitis) and the issues that cause them. Most commonly caused by changes related to allergies, sinusitis can also develop after a cold or other upper respiratory infection. How...

Why Skin Testing Is Important to Really Understand Your Allergies Mar 11th, 2019

Sneezing, an itchy nose and red, watery eyes are just a few symptoms that torment the millions of Americans living with allergies. You may have experienced these symptoms and tried different over-the-counter allergy medicines without success. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s a good idea to partner with...

New Therapies for Peanut Allergies Feb 1st, 2019

Peanuts are one of the most common allergy-causing foods around, and reactions can be quite severe -- sometimes moving very quickly from itchy skin to swelling of the tongue, wheezing, and life-threatening anaphylaxis.    Unfortunately, peanuts are often very hard to avoid. It’s easy to spot the danger in a...

7 Tips to Prevent an Eczema Flare-Up Jan 15th, 2019

Your eczema isn’t exactly like anyone else’s, and you may have identified your own set of triggers. However, most of the 31.6 million women, men, and children in the United States who have atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema, find cold winter weather extra challenging. Dr. Laura Ispas, a top-ranked...

9 Tips to Ease Winter Asthma Symptoms Dec 14th, 2018

If you have asthma, you already know how the winter months seem to aggravate your symptoms. This is common due to the double dose of challenges that the colder seasons present. Spending more time indoors is a logical response as the mercury plummets and, when you do venture outside, that...

How Rush Immunotherapy Speeds Your Body’s Allergy Defenses Nov 19th, 2018

If you’ve tried to find the right balance of medicines for your allergies and relief still isn’t in sight, you might be ready to consider allergy shots. But, many people dread the waiting period of about 6-12 months before you get the full benefits of the injections. At the Allergy...

Arm Yourself Against Fall Allergy and Asthma Flare-ups Oct 16th, 2018

As the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, allergies affect more than 50 million Americans. They’re also on the rise, meaning an ever-growing number of people develop allergies with each passing year. Although every allergy problem can be aggravating in its own unique way, seasonal allergies...