What Are Allergies?
Allergies reflect an overreaction of the immune system to substances that usually cause no reaction in most individuals. These substances can trigger sneezing, wheezing, coughing and itching. Allergies can be catagorized into the body systems they affect such as Allergic Rhinitis (nasal symptoms), Allergic Conjunctivitis (eye symptoms), Allergic Asthma (lung symptoms), Atopic/Contact Dermatitis (skin symptoms), Urticaria (hives), and Anaphylaxis (severe, life threatening symptoms). Allergies are also classified by what you're allergic to. If you have seasonal allergies you have symptoms only during the season the pollen is in the air, for example grass and trees in the spring and ragweed in the fall. If you have perennial allergies, you have symptoms year round because the allergen is in the air year round such as dust mites, cat or dog. Insect sting/Bite allergy is an over reaction (sometimes severe) to bees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets and some variety of ants (fire and harvest). Drug, Latex or Food allergy produces symptoms when you come in contact with that substance. Symptoms to these can be mild to severe and are treated by avoidance.
Current Enrolling Studies
Below is a summary of our current trials, if you are interested in learning more, simply click on the trial's name to answer a few qualifying questions and request a contact by our research staff:
A study for asthmatics ages 18 to 70 years of age who have asthma and allergies. The study medication is being tested to see it's effect on asthma by reducing inflammation in the lungs and/or interfering with immune cells that trigger allergies and airway narrowing. The study medication is contained in a dry powder inhaler. The study will last approximately 3-4 months. Compensation for time and travel available.
Rochester Pollen Count
Click here for the latest pollen count for Rochester, NY by Donald Pulver, M.D.