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Allergic Reactions Santa Monica, CA

Over 50 million Americans are affected by allergies. Allergies are the fifth leading chronic disease in the country. For children, allergies rank third in chronic diseases. Thousands of adults and children are hospitalized annually for allergic reactions to food.

Living with an allergy can be difficult. Some allergies are mild, and reactions to allergens may be annoying but treatable with over-the-counter allergy medicines. Severe allergies, on the other hand, can cause life-threatening reactions and require urgent care. Knowing the type of allergies you have and how severe a reaction can be is important.

When a foreign substance enters the body and the body senses the invasion, the immune system is put into motion. Normally, the immune system works to protect the body from harmful substances. Your body fights off colds and flu in this way. Allergens are substances that are normally harmless, but the body perceives them as threats and overreacts to their presence.

Allergens can be anything. Common allergens are dust, mold and mildew, pet dander, medications, foods, insect bites or bacteria. The body may have an isolated reaction that is localized in one spot, such as itchy eyes. A wide-ranging reaction, such as hives all over the body, can also be caused by an allergy.

Most allergic reactions are not severe. Rashes caused by a bug bite like a mosquito, sneezing caused by hay fever or a skin rash caused by poison ivy are usually not serious. How a body responds to an allergen depends on the person’s immune system.

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can result in death. Annually, between 63 and 99 people die due to an allergic reaction resulting in anaphylaxis.

Seeking Medical Care

Sudden or severe allergic reactions should be considered an emergency. Here are things to watch for:

  • Exposure to a known allergen that has caused severe reactions before
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat
  • Difficulty breathing, wheezing or tightness in the chest
  • Confusion, sweating, nausea or vomiting
  • Severe hives or a rash covering the body
  • Lightheadedness, collapse or unconsciousness

These symptoms warrant a 9-1-1 call. Emergency medical personnel know how to treat these types of allergic reactions.

Mild allergic reactions can be diagnosed and treated with a visit to your doctor. A thorough examination and questions about the reaction, timing and circumstances will help with diagnosing the problem. You may be advised to undergo allergy testing to find out what allergens may trigger a reaction.

Contact Dr. Michael for information on how to manage your allergies. Schedule an appointment today for an exam and consultation.

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

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I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

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