Itching, sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes are just a few of the many symptoms allergy sufferers have to deal with. Your allergies could be caused by something around the house such as dust mites and animal dander, or outdoor allergens such as pollen. Those with asthma tend to struggle with allergies on a more serious level. Asthma attacks are characterized by difficulty breathing, wheezing, and coughing, and can be very dangerous if untreated. Whatever the reason for your symptoms, relief is possible with proper allergy testing and treatment.
If you and your allergist are unsure of what is causing your allergy symptoms, you might need allergy testing. Allergy testing involves injection of allergens near the surface of the skin. If there is a reaction such as redness or itching, you are more than likely allergic to that specific allergen.
Sometimes allergies can cause reactions so severe that they affect your day to day life. If your symptoms are causing you misery, it might be time to schedule an appointment with your local allergy doctor, who can do some allergy testing. An allergist can prescribe many medicines that greatly reduce allergy symptoms. Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra, and Flonase are some of the most well known. Some medications can be purchased over the counter; many can be obtained through an allergy specialist or other physician.
Another option for allergy sufferers is Subcutaneous Allergen Immunotherapy (SCIT), more commonly known as allergy shots. This treatment works when an allergy specialist injects small amounts of an allergen underneath the surface of the skin over time. Through allergy shots, your body becomes immune to the allergens, completely eliminating your allergy symptoms. Allergy shots have recently been used to treat eczema, and is especially effective for eczema caused by a dust mite allergy.
There are many treatment options available to fit your individual needs. Get allergy testing and treatment today so you can live free from the constant discomfort of allergies. Our Miami Lakes office is conveniently located, so schedule your appointment today!
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