What causes allergy symptoms?
A person with hypersensitive reactions has an immune system that treats ordinarily harmless proteins like plant pollen, pet dander, dust mites or mold as if they are risky invaders. This results in the production of antibodies to protect the body from harm. These antibodies can cause inflammation.
Due to this inflammation, your airways become filled with extra mucus and fluid and, as a result, the cilia are not able to remove the allergens effectively. This is where hypersensitivity symptoms occur: runny nose, nasal congestion, postnasal drip, sneezing, coughing and shortness of breath; itchy, watery eyes; itchy, irritated skin. In some instances, symptoms can progress into life-threatening anaphylaxis.
Are you at risk for allergies?
Up to 50 million people in the united states have some type of allergy. They are often hereditary, handed down, genetically, from generation to generation. That said, allergies can vary between family members. It is also possible for adult onset allergies to develop later in life. This underscores the importance of being tested for allergies.
Additionally, people who have allergies are at increased risk of developing other allergic diseases such as asthma and eczema (allergic dermatitis). That’s why it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
What allergies do we treat?
While there are various types of allergies, we specialize in environmental and seasonal allergies. These are caused by allergens you would encounter both inside and outside your home. Such allergens include:
- Tree pollen
- Grass pollen
- Weed pollen
- Indoor and outdoor molds
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- And more!
How do we treat your allergies?
Medications can be beneficial, but they are a short-term solution to a long-term problem. Our Immunotherapy Program is a long-term preventive treatment plan that gradually alters the response your body has to environmental allergens. It slowly stimulates the patient’s immune defenses thus reducing symptoms, over time. A patient will sometimes require a combination of avoidance measures, medications, and immunotherapy for the most effective control.
If you have one or more of these symptoms, make an appointment:
Brain fog, rash, headaches, eczema, nasal congestion, bad breath, postnasal drip, sinus infections, loss of taste, itchy eyes, runny nose, snoring, atopic dermatitis, discolored drainage, anxiety, controlled asthma, insomnia
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