Allergies Specialist

Michael Silao, MD

Internist located in Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA

Allergies can be a daily or near-daily inconvenience for many patients in the Echo Park, Los Angeles, area. The internal medicine providers at Michael Silao, MD, are ready to help patients who suffer from allergies through a combination of specific allergy testing and customized allergy treatment plans. You can be free of symptoms like chronic sneezing, coughing, and runny nose at last.

Allergies Q & A

What are the Indicators of Allergies?

When you have an allergic reaction, you may experience a number of symptoms simultaneously, such as:

  • Sneezing
  • Chronic cough
  • Itchiness
  • Breathing problems
  • Rashes

Why Do Allergies Happen?

Allergies typically are caused by an allergic trigger. These triggers can vary widely, so they're usually grouped into the following three types for easier understanding:

  • Environmental allergies: This type of allergy results from things in the atmosphere and commonly includes triggers such as dust, pollen, and pet dander.
  • Food allergies: This type of allergy is the result of something that you ingest. Some typical food allergies include nut allergies -- peanut allergies are very common -- as well as corn, wheat, and soy allergies.
  • Skin allergies: These allergies are the result of skin contact with some kind of allergen. Some common skin allergies can include lotions, body sprays or perfumes, soaps, and laundry detergents.

The allergic triggers that can cause enormous problems and serious symptoms for one patient may not trouble another patient at all. Each patient's immune system is unique. In patients with allergies, their immune system begins fighting certain substances even though they're not harmful to the body.

As part of this fight against perceived invaders, the body will produce and deploy a large quantity of antibodies and chemicals such as histamines. This is what causes the body to react negatively with symptoms like:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itching

How Does Allergy Diagnosis Work?

Dr. Silao will need to do allergy tests to determine the exact allergy causing your problems. This may include a skin test, also called a prick test. Tiny punctures are made in the skin, usually the skin of the arm. A very small amount of a suspected allergen is then introduced to that puncture to measure the reaction.

A skin test can measure reactions to all kinds of allergens. In some cases, a patch test is used instead. A patch containing a suspected allergen is placed on the skin to measure the reaction. Either type of test can check for multiple allergens during the same session.

How are Allergies Treated?

Treatment for allergies is personalized for your specific allergy and symptoms. The treatment may include:

  • Allergy injections
  • Allergy medication
  • Recommended lifestyle changes including dietary changes