What are Allergies?
Allergies happen when your body’s immune system reacts to substances that normally would not cause a reaction in most people. When you are allergic, the immune system reacts to natural substances the same way it would react to something harmful. The immune system “misreads” something that is otherwise completely harmless. The top 10 causes of allergic reactions are:
- Pet Dander
- Mountain Cedar
- Dust Mites
- Stinging Insects
Anyone above the age of 2, with the following symptoms, can be scheduled for allergy testing.
- Sneezing, hay-fever, itchy nose
- Watery and itchy eyes
- Shortness of breath and wheezing
- Contact dermatitis
- Headaches and/or migraines, dizziness
- Recurrent ear infections
- Nausea, diarrhea
- Itching of the mouth, tongue or throat
Examples of Triggers:
- Dust mites
- Pollen (Grass, Weeds, and Trees)
- Pollution (gas or smoke)
- Perfumes and fragrances
Allergy Testing Options:
In order to properly diagnose and plan your future allergy care, diagnostic testing must be performed.
- Skin Testing: This method can be performed using a small prick to the surface of the back and/or an injection of a small amount of allergen to the surface of the upper arms. When mild swelling and redness occur, this indicates that a positive reaction to a particular allergen has occurred.
- In-vitro (Blood) testing: A small amount of blood is taken to see if specific antibodies towards one or more allergens are present. This means that you are allergic and might have an allergic reaction if exposed to those substances.
There are many types of medications that may relieve your symptoms. Immunotherapy or desensitization, will build your immune system’s tolerance to allergens overtime. This treatment can be administered through weekly allergy injections or daily sublingual therapy.
What should I do?
- Fill out Allergy Questionnaire and give to the front desk or allergy department
- Identify what triggers your allergy symptoms
- Discuss possibly scheduling allergy testing with your provider
- Follow treatment options recommended by your provider
- Avoidance of known causes of allergy triggers
Be healthy, stay healthy. Let us teach you how! Allergy testing and treatment can be done in our clinic.
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