Allergy

What Causes Allergies?

About one out of every five Americans experience allergies, which are the result of your immune system responding in an overprotective manner to a harmless substance. Common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Food
  • Chemicals
  • Environmental irritants
  • Insect stings

What Are the Symptoms?

Allergy symptoms typically involve the airways, sinuses, nasal passages and skin. They can range from mild to severe. The most common symptoms include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes and throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Postnasal drip
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness
  • Hives
  • Swelling

How Are Allergies Tested?

The only way to treat your allergy symptoms is to determine exactly what is causing them. This is done through a series of allergy tests, which include:

  • Skin Prick Testing
  • Intradermal Skin Test
  • Blood Test

Can Allergies Be Treated?Treatments

Avoiding that is causing your symptoms is the best way to prevent your allergies from occurring. Since that is not always doable, we offer the most common treatment options:

  • Allergy drops (sublingual immunotherapy)
  • Allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy)
  • Medication

Our experts are dedicated to providing exceptional health care to all patients. If you think you or a loved one may be experiencing symptoms of allergies, we are here to help. Contact us today by filling out the form or giving us a call.

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