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Gainesville is one of the worst cities in the country for allergy sufferers, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Our beautiful city is classified to be in a “perpetual allergy season” due to our constant agricultural growth. Here’s what you need to know about food and airborne allergies and –most importantly- how to get relief.
Gainesville is home to an estimated 2.9 million trees, according to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, and Sarah Ruff is allergic to almost every single one. Ruff is an employee of Gainesville Medical Centers, an allergy center on Northwest 13th Street dedicated to testing and treating people for environmental and food allergies.
Ruff said she has always felt “itchy” when outside in Gainesville. She is one of about 400 patients Gainesville Medical Centers has tested since October. Ruff is receiving immunotherapy, a treatment process designed to gradually desensitize a person’s body of airborne allergies
Gainesville Medical Centers, which preforms testing not only in its clinic but also in several convenient area locations, tests for Florida’s top 60 airborne allergens and administers immunotherapy. This therapy can drastically minimize your airborne allergies including pet dandruff, and in some cases has the potential to cure them altogether. So if you have always wanted a dog or cat but sneeze up a storm at the sight of one, you can live that dream thanks to Gainesville Medical Centers. The best part of all of this is that most health insurances will cover 100 percent of the cost!
When we think of food allergies, we think of emergency room trips, but most Americans have a lesser form of food allergies called food intolerances. The fact is, you likely have an allergic or intolerant reaction to at least one food –or, if you’re Cheryl Monteclaro, to more than 30.
Monteclaro eats healthy and exercises twice a day, but until she was tested for food allergens, she didn’t know she was allergic to corn. “It’s in everything,” she said. “I had no idea how difficult it was to avoid corn.”
Because Monteclaro’s allergic reaction is considered an intolerance instead of a full-blown allergy, she won’t need a hospital trip if she eats corn products, but she will get a headaches and feel fatigued. Understanding her corn intolerance, as well as her sensitivity to other foods like wheat and dairy, has given her the power of knowing exactly how her body will react to what she eats. Thanks to Gainesville Medical Centers, she has the blueprint to becoming the healthiest version of herself.
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