The last few decades have seen a growth in food allergies in Atlanta and across the country. While an allergic reaction may be mild and cause only minor inconvenience, a percentage of these will be life-threatening. Working with a food allergy doctor will significantly reduce the chances of a severe reaction, and possibly minimize the impact of an allergy on you or your child’s life. Unfortunately, most people don’t understand just what a food allergy doctor does, or how they help patients on a daily basis.
How Does a Food Allergy Doctor Help Patients?
A food allergy doctor, also known as a food allergist, diagnoses the precise allergen that is causing an allergic reaction. With this knowledge, a targeted treatment plan can be used to limit the chances of a reaction upon contact with the food. As an experienced allergist, Dr. Chacko has countless success stories from both adults and children who can live their lives without fear of a severe reaction to food.
How Does a Food Allergist Treat Food Allergies?
Identifying the cause of a food allergy is the first step of a treatment plan. A food allergist will discuss your food allergy symptoms and any other relevant medical history. You can then undergo food allergy testing to confirm the trigger of a reaction. Allergies can be complicated, with some people, for example, being allergic to certain tree nuts but not other types. Some fruits and vegetables can cause allergic reactions when eaten raw, but not after cooking. Allergy testing will help people get clarity on their condition.
Next, a food allergy treatment plan can be developed that will limit the chances of a severe allergic reaction. Dr. Chacko is recognized around the United States for his food allergy treatments and dedication to improving people’s lives. All treatment plans take into account the exact needs of each individual patient.
How Do Food Allergy Doctors Use Desensitization?
Food allergists have skill and experience based on years of analysis and communication with allergy sufferers. In fact, Dr. Chacko is one of a small number of allergists across the country able to offer cutting-edge treatments like oral immunotherapy treatment (OIT).
OIT is a process of food desensitization, increasing immune system tolerance to the presence of an allergen. Foods like peanuts, eggs and milk are consumed at low levels with a gradual increase in dosage. Over time, sensitivity is reduced and allergic reactions are no longer a concern. While not a cure, OIT has helped adults and children live their lives without constant scrutiny of their food consumption.
Effective Treatment Requires an Experienced Food Allergy Doctor
Are you concerned about food allergies? Dr. Chacko has many years of experience diagnosing and successfully treating allergies. Make an appointment at one of our locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek. Call us at (678) 668-4688 or request an appointment online.