Modena Allergy + Asthma in San Diego Can Help
When you think of the word allergy, it’s easy to automatically associate it with symptoms like sneezing, itchy nose and eyes, but what many people don’t realize is that allergists today do much more in diagnosing and treating abnormalities of the immune system. At our office in San Diego Eosinophilic Diseases are one of the most common immune diseases that we treat. These conditions include hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES), severe eosinophilic asthma, eosinophilic pneumonia, eosinophilic skin rashes, eosinophilic granulomatosis, polyangiitis (EGPA)...
and eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease (EGID) [which includes eosinophilic gastritis (EoG), eosinophilic enteritis (EoN), and eosinophilic colitis (EoC)]. Dr. Brian Modena specializes in diagnosing and treating eosinophilic and other inflammatory diseases. If you have been diagnosed or suspect that you have been diagnosed with an eosinophilic immune disorder, or want to learn more about these conditions, and how we can help, contact our allergy specialists at Modena Allergy + Asthma today.
An eosinophil is a type of white blood cell or immune cell–i.e., the type of cell that helps the body fight infections. The exact purpose or role of eosinophils today is unclear, but they may be involved in a variety of functions from regulating infections and promoting wound healing. In the past, we know eosinophils used to help us fight parasitic infections in our gut or lungs. In resource-rich countries like the U.S., very few of us get parasitic infections anymore and so having no or low eosinophils does not appear to impact us very much. Alternatively, when eosinophils grow, proliferate, and multiply to high numbers in the body, they start invading tissues and causing major damage. When eosinophils invade the lungs, they can cause eosinophilic pneumonia, severe eosinophilic asthma, or eosinophilic granulomatosis and polyangiitis (EGPA), causing major problems breathing.
Together, all of these conditions are called eosinophilic diseases. When eosinophils infiltrate the tissue, they cause inflammation and damage. In the esophagus, they can cause trouble swallowing or even cause food to get impacted or stuck in the esophagus. In the gut, they can cause bloating, pain, discomfort, and diarrhea. In the lungs, they can cause airway narrowing, permanent changes in the airway, and trouble breathing. High eosinophils are particularly common in people who have asthma and chronic sinus disease, including nasal polyps. If you have been diagnosed with an eosinophilic disease or have uncontrolled sinus or lung problems, make an appointment today with Dr. Brian Modena at Modena Allergy + Asthma.
Over the last decade, the medical field has witnessed an explosion of highly specific and highly targeted monoclonal antibody therapies. Our bodies make antibodies naturally, primarily to help us fight infections. Antibodies that your body makes bind to harmful agents, such as viruses or bacteria, signaling to our immune system to destroy and clear them. Using certain technology, scientists have been able to design antibodies that attack certain parts of our immune system in order to reduce inflammation and treat diseases. For eosinophilic disease San Diego patients can now get antibody therapies that have been developed to target and reduce eosinophils in the body.
These therapies have proven to be much safer and more effective than steroids, which have been the mainstay of therapy for these conditions for decades. Many other monoclonal antibody treatment therapies have been developed that treat other types of inflammation in the body by targeting other parts of the immune system. These are now being used to treat eczema, chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, and asthma. At Modena Allergy + Asthma, we custom-select therapies just for you. After testing, we’ll know exactly what your body needs to get your symptoms under control and give you back to your normal health!
Personalized for Patients of Any Age
If you suffer from undiagnosed or difficult-to-control sinus disease, asthma/breathing conditions, eczema, or gastrointestinal issues, it is likely time to consider visiting an allergy specialist. At Modena Allergy + Asthma, San Diego Eosinophilic disease patients are offered highly personalized care with Dr. Brian Modena. By conducting thorough interviews, examinations, and targeted testing, we can often make rare and uncommon diagnoses that other physicians cannot.
Dr. Modena has also been actively involved and extensively published in genomic and genetic research. He is constantly searching and dedicated to finding the ‘right’ answer for all of his patients, which may at times include investigational or targeted gene sequencing.
Beating Your Symptoms at the Source
Prior to your first visit, it is of utmost importance that Dr. Modena has access and reviews any medical visit notes, labs, or imaging that you have done in the past. This information will greatly enrich the conversation between yourself and the doctor, speed up the work-up process, and even at times change the diagnosis altogether. We ask all patients to sign a Medical Release Form, which will be sent to your email address. After you sign the document, we will fax the request and work with your outside doctor’s office to obtain your records. Dr. Modena may then order specialized labs, imaging and allergy skin testing for further evaluation. At a follow-up visit in 1-2 weeks, Dr. Modena will discuss all the results together and come up with a clear plan of action going forward.
Recovery from eosinophilic diseases is highly individualized and can vary widely from person to person. In some cases, recovery may be relatively quick, and treatment programs often focus on minimizing flare-ups over prolonged periods to achieve long-term remission. If you live with an eosinophilic disease, you must speak with Dr. Modena about making treatment decisions that are right for you.
Relief is within reach.
For eosinophilic and similar inflammatory diseases, antibody therapies have been developed that target and reduce eosinophils in the body. These therapies have proven to be much safer and more effective than steroids, which have been the mainstay of treatment for these conditions for decades. Our practice has seen incredible results with these and other targeted treatment options. While it’s impossible to predict precisely how you will respond to treatment, we are confident that we can help you find relief.
Start your journey to a symptom-free life.
Dr. Brian Modena regularly evaluates and treats eosinophilic disease and any other inflammatory diseases in San Diego. Schedule your consultation today in San Diego at Modena Allergy + Asthma.
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You don’t have to let allergies, asthma or immune system issues dictate your life. With a specialist like Dr. Brian Modena by your side, you can get back to living your best life.
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