Our practice focuses on diagnosis and management of all allergic conditions including asthma, hay fever, chronic sinus infections, impaired immune function other than AIDS, hives, angioedema, itching, eye allergies, headaches, food allergies, gluten sensitivity, insect stings & bites allergies, chronic cough, ,skin allergies, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (mycoses), itching, certain interstitial lung diseases , allergy to drugs local anesthetics, unexplained intestinal bloating, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and gluten "allergy". We have been doing challenge test on more and more patients suspected to suffer food allergies.
We will do our best to find the cause of your problem, and refer you to the appropriate specialist if indicated. We are also involved in investigating the various health effects of mold, cockroach, or water damage exposure .
We are just one of the few centers in Orange County to offer whole body UVB-NB (narrow band) phototherapy to treat various skin disorders. Although our practice focuses primarily on atopic dermatitis, ITCHING, and itchy skin conditions, UVB-NB has been reported to be effective for treating psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, vitiligo (loss in skin pigments) , lichen planus, and possibly localized scleroderma. Its worst potential side effect is a sunburn but its greatest utility is to act as a safe and effective alternative to more toxic drugs. Although allergy shots remain the mainstay for treating allergy, sublingual drops or tablets may be an option for some patients. Dr Chiu has been named as the No. 1 Allergist/Immunologist nationally & the top doctor overall in Orange County by Healthtap.com-a site where people can seek free medical opinion from different specialists. Use the code" 24e9d " to link to our practice by clicking the cross (+) icon below.
Notice: Although we accept most PPO insurances, be sure that our practice is included in your plan before you make your appointment. Should you decide to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please kindly notify us ASAP so that we can open up the slot for patients waiting to be seen.
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Health & Allergy Tips:
Is depression an allergic reaction?
New research is revealing that many cases of depression are caused by an allergic reaction to inflammation. Tim de Chant of NOVA writes: “Inflammation is our immune system’s natural response to injuries, infections, or foreign compounds. When triggered, the body pumps various cells and proteins to the site through the blood stream, including cytokines, a class of proteins that facilitate intercellular communication. It also happens that people suffering from depression are loaded with cytokines.” Inflammation is caused by obesity, high sugar diets, high quantities of trans fats, unhealthy diets in general, and other causes.
By treating the inflammatory symptoms of depression — rather than the neurological ones — researchers and doctors are opening up an exciting new dimension in the fight against what has become a global epidemic. Caroline Williams of The Guardian writes: “The good news is that the few clinical trials done so far have found that adding anti-inflammatory medicines to antidepressants not only improves symptoms, it also increases the proportion of people who respond to treatment, although more trials will be needed to confirm this. There is also some evidence that omega 3 and curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, might have similar effects. Both are available over the counter and might be worth a try, although as an add-on to any prescribed treatment – there’s definitely not enough evidence to use them as a replacement. (Depression has long been associated with asthma and thus this finding is not entirely surprising but further proof will be needed regarding this finding)