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By: Keith G.
Advanced Allergy Asthma & Immunology - Dr Patricia Gomez Dinger
I'm 61 and have been to many highly rated specialists and facilities concerning my allergies and sinus issues. These experts have, over time, influenced me to go through 3 polypectomies, and other related surgeries. When I met Dr. Dinger, I was desperate to find a solution. She has customized, tracked, and produced results that superior to the Georgetown University Medical Center, and other medical experts. I have not had any further sinus infections under her care and the remaining sinus polyps have receded.
By: christinac
Live Oak Allergy & Asthma Clinic PA
My first experience with this office was not pleasant. The staff was nice enough but the doctor didn't seem interested in what was wrong with my 5 month old daughter. She assumed that she knew what was going on and was giving a diagnosis without listening to what I had to say. Follow up appointment after my daughter was 6 months old we were running late. I called an HOUR prior to the appointment (note I work past Sea World the off in Live Oak) to say I got off work 20 mins late and would be there as soon as possible - had to leave a message because no one answered. Called again about 10 mins prior to the appointment and said we were on our way. Got to the office 10 mins late and was asked to reschedule the appointment because the doctor would not see patients who were late. (Knowing this they did not say anything to me on the phone when I called) The office staff even went back to the doctor who refused to see my daughter. I will not be returning a third time!
Tips & Advices
A true food allergy happens when a body's immune system perceives a certain food as harmful and reacts by causing symptoms in multiple organs. The most severe food allergies can result in anaphylaxis, which is life-threatening. In contrast, symptoms of food intolerance (such celiac disease, or intolerance to lactose or gluten) are less serious and often limited to the digestive tract.
Allergy skin testing uses tiny pricks in the skin to check for allergic reactions, typically to pollen, mold, pet dander, dust mites, and foods. Also called a skin prick, puncture, or scratch test, the procedure can test up to 40 different substances at one time. In adults, the test is usually done on the forearm; in children it is typically done on the back. The severity of the allergy is determined by the size of the raised, red, itchy bump (wheal) around the prick site. Skin testing is not painful, as the prick is extremely tiny, but it can be very itchy if your skin responds to the allergen. After the test, a nurse wipes the area with alcohol, which eases itching.
Board certification is a voluntary process. To become board certified, an internist or pediatrician must first complete at least two years of additional study an allergy/immunology training program. Then he or she must pass a certifying exam administered by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI). Board certified specialists participate in continuing education to keep up with the latest medical science and technology and with best practices in patient safety and quality healthcare. There are approximately 4,500 board certified allergists/immunologists in the United States.
See an allergist if allergy symptoms (runny nose, cough watery eyes) last for more than three months and don’t respond to over-the-counter drugs, or if with  frequent sinus or ear infections or headaches. With other health issues (heart, liver, kidney, or thyroid disease, glaucoma, diabetes, or prostate problems), speak with an allergist and your primary care doctor before taking over-the-counter allergy or cold medication.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes inflamed and narrowed airways. Symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, and coughing at night or early in the morning. Children are more likely to have asthma than adults. An asthmatic person always has asthma, but will only experience asthma attacks if an allergic reaction or other hypersensitivity triggers bronchial spasms in the lungs. A severe asthma attack can be fatal.

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