In The United States, it is estimated that at least 30 percent of adults suffer from allergies. An allergy is a reaction to a foreign substance by the immune system. This is our immune system’s misguided attempt to protect us from harmful substances and illnesses. The results are itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and many more uncomfortable symptoms. If your symptoms are severe, you might want to consider contacting an allergy doctor and having allergy testing done.
An allergist or allergy specialist is a doctor who focuses solely on the diagnoses and treatment of allergies. Allergy testing is the first step for many patients. Once diagnosed, and the source your allergies are pin pointed, your allergy specialist can begin treatment. Asthma can also be diagnosed and treated at this time. If you are currently suffering from asthma, allergy treatment may greatly reduce your symptoms. Treatment may include medications (Zyrtec, Allegra, Claritin, Symbicort…etc), or Subcutaneous Allergen Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots).
An allergy test is usually done on the skin, but can also be done by blood. For a skin test, small amounts of an allergen are placed on or just beneath the surface of the skin. If you are allergic to this allergen, you will have a reaction such as redness, itching, or swelling in the area. Once the cause is known, your allergies may be treated.
Subcutaneous Allergen Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots) is an effective treatment for most allergies. This treatment works by injecting small amounts of an allergen under the skin.Over time, your body will build immunity to the substance until you are no longer allergic. Allergy shots are also effective in treating eczema.
Allergy testing and treatment has come a long way in recent years. There is no need to continue the misery that comes with allergy symptoms. Contact your local Coral Springs allergy doctor and end the discomfort.
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