Dr. Benjamin Laracuente is an allergy and immunology doctor in Monaca, PA. He and the team at Tri-State Pulmonary Medicine want everyone to stop letting their immune system get the best of them. If your body’s immune system is overreacting to typically harmless substances, the severity of these allergic reactions can be alleviated with the right diagnosis of allergy triggers and symptom treatment/management.

As one of the Beaver area’s top allergy specialists, Dr. Laracuente has helped many people in the region overcome the most nagging allergy symptoms. From asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, and allergic skin conditions, the allergy and immunology specialists at Tri-State Pulmonary are here to help better manage immune system reactions to:

  • Animal Dander
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Dust and Dust Mites
  • Insect stings
  • Medications
  • Foods
  • Latex

How Do I Know I’m Having an Allergic Reaction?

No two allergic reactions are really alike. Symptoms vary depending on the person, what they’re reacting to, and where the reaction is occurring in his or her body. Symptoms can differ in intensity and can affect the sinuses, eyes, skin, respiratory system, or stomach.

Nasal Allergies – The first sign of an allergic reaction commonly manifests in the sinuses. Common nasal allergy symptoms are sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, sinus pressure, phlegm-producing cough, and an itchy nose, throat, and mouth.

Eye Allergies – Your nose isn’t the only part of the body attacked by allergies. Eye allergy symptoms like red, swollen, and itchy eyes are also very common. These symptoms are brought on by the body’s release of histamine in response to allergens. Histamine is a chemical found in cells that causes blood vessels to swell or dilate and the eyes to become red, itchy, and teary.

Skin Allergies – Hives, rash, and skin irritation commonly occur when people come into contact with allergens, The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology has estimated that over 5 million doctor visits each year are prompted by skin allergies.

Food Allergies – An allergic reaction to certain foods can affect the skin, gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, and sometimes even the cardiovascular system. And all it takes is a tiny trace amount of the allergy-causing food to trigger food allergy symptoms within just a few minutes.

While the above symptoms are typically associated with allergic reactions, they can also be symptoms to other conditions. It’s important to confirm these symptoms are allergic reactions. Avoid self-diagnosing and self-medicating.

Come Meet Tri-State Pulmonary’s Allergy and Immunology Specialists

The good news is those with allergies can typically function normally with the right allergy trigger and symptom management. If you need an immunologist/allergy specialist in Monaca, PA, Dr. Laracuente and his team have successfully treated a full variety of allergies and immunodeficiency disorders.

Our allergy testing and treatments are tailored to the individual needs of each patient and include:

  • Food allergy skin tests
  • Drug/medication allergy skin tests
  • Patch testing for skin allergies
  • Skin tests for hay fever evaluation
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Allergy shots

Once testing has confirmed the allergen trigger, we will work with you to better manage symptoms. If you need an allergy test, or help managing allergic reactions and symptoms, contact Dr. Laracuente and Monaca’s Tri-State Pulmonary Medicine at 724-728-5995 to schedule an appointment.