Allergies are reactions affecting several different points in your body that can cause swelling, itching, redness, and other symptoms. Allergies can be a minor inconvenience, or life threatening if combined with asthma or other medical conditions, so it’s best to see an allergy specialist right away.
Dealing with allergy symptoms is a hassle. Luckily, there are allergy specialists ready to help test and relieve your symptoms, so you can live your life more fully and enjoy the things you love.
An allergy specialist can:
Allergy testing can involve a skin or blood test, though skin testing is generally preferred. During a skin test, a small amount of the suspected allergen will be placed on or below the skin, testing for wheals (skin irritation such as redness or swelling), which allows your allergy doctor to take the appropriate actions based on the results. If your allergist determines that your symptoms are not serious, he or she might recommended over the counter drugs for allergies. If your symptoms are more severe, or if you have made futile attempts at treating allergy symptoms, your allergy specialist might opt for stronger treatment such as allergy shots.
Allergen immunotherapy is a very effective treatment for allergies. Allergy shots work like a vaccine by injecting small amounts of the allergen under your skin, such as dander, pollen, or dust mites. Your body then fights off these substances by building antibodies, ending the symptoms caused by the irritants. Allergy shots are effective in treating the symptoms that can cause or enhance asthma attacks, and has proven effective in treating allergies to bee stings, dust mites, pollen, and pet dander. People with eczema also show a decrease in symptoms after allergy shot treatments.
If you are in the Coral Gables area and are experiencing persistent allergy symptoms such as irritation of the eyes or throat, asthma, or redness or swelling in skin, then contact one of our skilled allergy specialists today.