Conditions diagnosed & treated by Dr. Masood Ahmad:
Seasonal Allergies (tree, grass, ragweed pollen)
Perennial Allergies (dust mites, mold, pets, etc.)
Non-Allergic Rhinitis (nasal inflammation)
Drug allergies (includes reactions to penicillin)
Testing unique allergies (metals, perfumes, etc.)
Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide. Allergy symptoms range from making you miserable to putting you at risk for life threatening reactions. It is estimated that approximately
50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies.
An allergic reaction begins in the immune system. Our immune system protects us from invading organisms that can cause illness. If you have an allergy, your immune system mistakes an otherwise harmless substance as an invader. This substance is called an allergen. The immune system overreacts to the allergen by producing Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies travel to cells that release histamine & other chemicals, causing an allergic reaction.
If you have asthma your airways are always inflamed. They become even more swollen and the muscles around the airways can tighten when something triggers your symptoms. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness.
For many asthma sufferers, timing of these symptoms is closely related to physical activity. And, some otherwise healthy people can develop asthma symptoms only when exercising. This is called exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), or exercise-induced asthma (EIA). Dr. Ahmad can develop a management plan to keep your symptoms under control before, during and after physical activity.
Asthma related services include:
Severe and difficult to control asthma
Xolair injection treatment
Allergen Immunotherapy, also known as Allergy Shots, is a form of long-term treatment that decreases symptoms for many people with allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, conjunctivitis (eye allergy) or stinging insect allergy.
Dr. Masood Ahmad specializing in evaluating the best treatment options for patients with Allergies and Asthma and whether Allergy Shots are the appropriate route for a patient.
Allergy shots decrease sensitivity to allergens and often lead to lasting relief of allergy symptoms even after treatment is stopped. This makes it a cost-effective, beneficial treatment approach for many people.
There are many types of itchy, swelling and rash-like skin conditions. Allergy related skin conditions most often seen and treated include:
Chronic hives (urticaria)
Angioedema (sudden swelling under the skin)
Anaphylaxis is a life threatening reaction where multiple organ systems are involved leading to symptoms of hives, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness and in extreme cases loss of consciousness and death.
Anaphylaxis can occur after exposure to a food, stinging insects, drugs and a host of other agents that you may or may not know you are sensitized to. Sometimes anaphylaxis can occur spontaneously without any known cause.
If you have had an anaphylactic reaction or are at risk for one, it is important that you be evaluated and managed properly to avoid unnecessary adverse outcomes. Dr. Masood Ahmad and his staff are trained to deal with Anaphylaxis.
Other conditions that are prevalent in certain segments of the population which are evaluated and treated by Dr. Ahmad include:
Hereditary angioedema & other immune disorders
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD),
Anaphylaxis can be related to any of the following:
Stinging insects (honey bees, wasps, hornets, fire ants)
Unknown causes (idiopathic)