Cincinnati Allergists

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Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Allergists

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Board Certified Allergists and Asthma Specialists

Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Area

Manuel S. Villareal, M.D., FAAAAI, FACAAI
ENT & Allergy Specialists of NKY
2300 Chamber Center Drive, Suite 102
Fort MItchell, Kentucky 41017

Ronald G. Fragge, M.D., FAAAAI, FACCP
Fragge Allergy & Asthma Clinics, PSC
2300 Chamber Center Drive, Suite 102
Fort Mitchell, Kentucky 41017

Masood Ahmad, MD
6964 Tylersville Road
West Chester, Ohio 45069

Amal Assa'ad, M.D.
Allergy/Immunology Department
Cincinnati Childrens Hospital and Medical Center
3333 Burnett Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229

Bernstein Allergy Group
David Bernstein, M.D.
Jonathan Bernstein, M.D.
8444 Winston Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

Greg Entis, M.D.
10496 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati OH 45242

Tom Fischer, M.D
Allergy Department.
Group Health Associates
8245 North Creek Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45242

Ann Ghory, MD
Patricia Ghory, MD
Cincinnati Allergy and Asthma Center, Inc
Hyde Park Executive Center

2727 Madison Road, Suite 300
Cincinnati, Ohio 45209

Gregory Gottschlick, MD
Allergy and Asthma Affiliates, Inc
4260 Glendale-Milford Rd, Suite 201
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

Duane Keitel, M.D.
Allergy Partners
7370 Turfway Road #290
Florence, KY 41042

Gurjit Khurana-Hershey, M.D.
Allergy/Immunology Department
Cincinnati Childrens Hospital and Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH

Jeffrey Liepzig, M.D.
Allergy & Asthma
512 Main Street
Hamilton, OH 45013

Michelle Lierl, M.D.
Allergy/Immunology Department
Cincinnati Childrens Hospital and Medical Center
3333 Burnett Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45229

Mark Michael, MD
Allergy and Asthma Center of the Tri-State, Inc
5757 Glenway Avenue

Cincinnati, Ohio 45238

Allergy and Asthma Associates, Inc
Lawrence Newman, M.D.
Steve A. Sutton, M.D.
John A. Eckman, M.D.
10597 Montgomery Road, #3C
Cincinnati, OH 45242

Jeff Raub, M.D.
Allergy Department
Group Health Associates
Cincinnati, OH

Marc Rothenberg, M.D.
Cincinnati Childrens Hospital and Medical Center
3333 Burnett Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45229

Family Allergy & Asthma
Hans F. Otto, M.D.
Timothy Franxman, M.D.
Newport and Florence, Kentucky

What are the typical Allergy Symptoms?

Allergies affect about 20% of the general population.  Allergy symptoms vary depending on the organ system involved or the degree of one’s allergic sensitivity.  Hay fever or Allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis affect the nose and eyes of which itchy nose and eyes, profuse runny nose and watery eyes, sneezing, nasal blockage, and sinus headaches are the typical symptoms. 

When an individual has allergic asthma, they can have symptoms of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness or congestion when exposed to air-borne allergens.

Patients who have food allergies develop generalized hives and itching, swelling, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and can even develop asthma symptoms when they ingest allergenic foods.  In severe cases of food allergies, a drop of blood pressure, or severe swelling causing closure of the airways can potentially cause death.  This are called anaphylactic shock or angioedema, respectively.

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What is an allergy? 

One of the marvels of the human body is that it can defend itself against harmful invaders such as viruses or bacteria. But sometimes the defenses are too aggressive and harmless substances such as dust, molds or pollen are mistakenly identified as dangerous. The immune system then rallies its defenses, which include several chemicals to attack and destroy the supposed enemy. In the process, some unpleasant and, in extreme cases, life-threatening symptoms may be experienced in the allergy-prone individual.

The cause of allergic reactions
There are hundreds of ordinary substances that can trigger allergic reactions. Among the most common are plant pollens, molds, household dust (dust mites), cockroaches, pets, industrial chemicals, foods, medicines, feathers and insect stings. These triggers are called "allergens."

Who develops asthma or allergies?
Asthma and allergies can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race or socioeconomic factors. While it's true that asthma and allergies are more common in children, they can occur for the first time at any age. Sometimes allergy symptoms start in childhood, disappear for many years and then start up again during adult life.

Although the exact genetic factors are not yet understood, there is a hereditary tendency to asthma and allergies. In susceptible people, factors such as hormones, stress, smoke, perfume or other environmental irritants also may play a role.

Types of allergy problems
An allergic reaction may occur anywhere in the body but usually appears in the nose, eyes, lungs, lining of the stomach, sinuses, throat and skin. These are places where special immune system cells are stationed to fight off invaders that are inhaled, swallowed or come in contact with the skin.

Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever). Allergic rhinitis is a general term used to describe the allergic reactions that take place in the nose. Symptoms may include sneezing, congestion, runny nose, and itching of the nose, the eyes and/or the roof of the mouth. When this problem is triggered by pollens or outdoor molds, during the Spring, Summer or Fall, the condition is often called "hay fever." When the problem is year-round, it might be caused by exposure to house dust mites, household pets, indoor molds or allergens at school or in the workplace.

Asthma. Asthma symptoms occur when airway muscle spasms block the flow of air to the lungs and/or the linings of the bronchial tubes become inflamed. Excess mucus may clog the airways. An asthma attack is characterized by labored or restricted breathing, a tight feeling in the chest, coughing and/or wheezing. Sometimes a chronic cough is the only symptom. Asthma trouble can cause only mild discomfort or it can cause life-threatening attacks in which breathing stops altogether.

Contact Dermatitis/Skin Allergies. Contact dermatitis, eczema and hives are skin conditions that can be caused by allergens and other irritants. Often the reaction may take hours or days to develop, as in the case of poison ivy. The most common allergic causes of rashes are medicines, insect stings, foods, animals and chemicals used at home or work. Allergies may be aggravated by emotional stress.

Anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a rare, potentially fatal allergic reaction that affects many parts of the body at the same time. The trigger may be an insect sting, a food (such as peanuts) or a medication. Symptoms may include

  • vomiting or diarrhea
  • a dangerous drop in blood pressure
  • redness of the skin and/or hives
  • difficulty breathing
  • swelling of the throat and/or tongue
  • loss of consciousness.

Frequently these symptoms start without warning and get worse rapidly. At the first sign of an anaphylactic reaction, the affected person must go immediately to the closest Emergency Room or call 911. 


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