Allergies are caused by foreign substances constantly bombarding your body – such as dander, pollen, dust, mold, chemicals, and certain foods. In response, your body has developed an immune system that produces antibodies to protect you. But sometimes immune systems overreact, producing in excess a certain antibody known as IgE, which causes allergic reactions.
Common Symptom Of Allergies
- Eyes – Itching, redness, swelling, tearing
- Ears – Fluid in the middle ear, recurrent infections
- Nose – Itching, congestion, sneezing, postnasal drip
- Sinus – Sinus pain, pressure, recurrent infection
- Lungs – Shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing
- Skin – Itching, welts, hives, blistery rash
- Other – Headaches, fatigue, hyperactivity, depression
Common Causes of Allergies
- Pollen (Trees, Grasses, Weeds)
- Dust Mites
- Animal Hair Dander
- Insect Stings, Bites
What Are My Testing Options
The first step in treating an allergy is to find out what is causing the reaction. By meeting with one of our Allergist we can determine if you are a candidate for allergy testing. Modified Quantitative Testing (MQT) is a state-of-the-art method. It combines both intradermal testing and skin-prick testing. This allow us to precisely identify the degree of reactivity with fewer shots. This is our preferred method and it allows us to develop a treatment plan all in one visit.
Ways To Manage Your Allergies
1. Avoid the allergen(s)
While this may work in some situations, some substances such as pollen are hard to avoid
2. Treat the symptoms
Medication can provide you a measure of relief from your allergy symptoms, but it does nothing to address the root of the problem.
3. Use Immunotherapy
Alter the body’s reaction to the allergen(s). Building a resistance to the effect an allergen has on you is the only treatment method know to cure your allergies.