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Allergies

Allergies are the result of an over-sensitive immune system and may be a major trigger of respiratory illness. Symptoms include sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, wheezing, cough and difficulty breathing.

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African American boy with allergies sneezes

Patients who suspect their respiratory distress is the result of an allergen can turn to the Atlantic Respiratory Institute for expert diagnosis and treatment. Our pulmonologists may perform blood tests and pulmonary function tests, or spirometry, to determine which specific allergen is causing the symptoms. Depending on results, they may prescribe medications, such as antihistamines or nasal steroids, as well as lifestyle changes to prevent flare ups and improve quality of life.

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