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2/1/2013 
Office in Westborough -

Announcing the opening of our Westboough Office effective 02/01/2013

 

 

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Welcome to Metrowest Allergy Associates, PC

For over 10 years, Metrowest Allergy Associates, PC has been providing diagnostic and treatment service for various allergy problems including hay fever, sinus problems, asthma, food allergy, insect sting allergy, eczema, and other immunological disorders.

The practice specializes in the care of both children as well as adults.

Problems due to allergy are some of the most common medical illnesses. They result in untold amount of suffering, millions of lost days at work and school and costs billions of health care dollars.

One in four individuals develops allergies of some kind or other in their life. In USA, there are over 25 million who suffer from hay fever. Over 5 million children and 10 million adults suffer from asthma. Several million suffer from eczema, allergy to foods and insects.

Hay fever is allergy to pollen and mold as well as indoor allergic problems which may arise from exposure to house dust, pet dander. Such individuals are also sensitive to irritants such as perfumes, smokes and other common aerosols such as cleaning agents etc.

Asthma
results in breathing problems. This often occurs intermittently but later becomes a continuous problem. Children are restricted in play and restful sleep. Severe exacerbation can lead to life threatening breathing problems. Hayfever and sinusitis predispose individuals to developing allergic asthma.

Many of the people who have allergy also have chronic or recurrent itchy skin rashes. The large number of chemicals in cosmetics and other material predisposes many to have skin rashes like eczema.

Many individuals (8% of the population or 1 out of every 12 people) have reactions to various foods. The important and serious ones are the reactions to eggs, nuts, fish and other seafood. These generally occur for the first time when the child is weaned from milk and other foods are added to the diet. But it is important to keep in mind that a number of adults develop reactions to various foods as well. Adults are often surprised to discover that they have developed to foods that they have eaten all their life.

Reactions to insect stings of the “bee family” (hornets, wasps, honey bees and yellow jackets) may cause severe reactions. Sometimes, they can be life-threatening!

There are an increasing number of chemicals / pharmaceuticals drugs and nutritional supplements available over the counter. They can cause reactions when ingested or applied topically.

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