Allergy Symptoms

Allergies range from asthma to cold-like hay fevers (allergic rhinitis). There are a wide range of abnormalities that form: hives, dermatitis, eczema, swelling throat, and coughs are among many of them. These reactions are onset by overly aggressive defenses that your body has learned, defending itself against innocuous substances such as dust, molds, pollen, etc. Your body attacks using chemicals that produce those unbearable reactions that are sometimes life-threatening (as in the case of Anaphylaxis).

Seeing an Allergist will help you recognize these symptoms, control them, and live your life normally. With their specialized training, they can answer any question and provide you with any allergy medications you may need. They can conduct allergy tests, if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms but have identified the allergens involved. Preventative education can also be provided, so that you may anticipate potential attacks. Immunotherapy can be given as allergy shots or sublingual tablets.

 

Pet Allergies

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Pet allergies symptoms include a number of different bodily reactions: sneezes, stuffy nose, nasal congestion, coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, watery or red eyes, and skin rash or hives. Pets carry allergens with them in their hair, dander, saliva and urine. Homes with multiple pets contain more allergens, but the length of time pets send outside and length of pets’ hair do not add allergens (although they can carry other allergens like pollen on their fur).

Peanut Allergies

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Peanut allergies create a wide range of symptoms. And a single person may not always experience the same reactions. Because of this, it can be difficult to diagnose through skin and blood tests, so your Allergist may put you on a food elimination diet, for which you would avoid foods with peanuts for up to four weeks. If the diet is inconclusive, then you may take an oral food challenge, for which you would consume the food under medical supervision to monitor your reaction.

Pollen Allergies

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Pollen is one of the most common form of seasonal allergies, They are the cause of Spring Hay Fever - the bad side of an otherwise pleasant time of year. One will experience one or more of the following symptoms: runny nose and mucus production, sneezing, itchy nose, eyes, ears and mouth, stuffy nose, red and watery eyes, and swelling around the eyes. To test you for pollen allergies, your Allergist may administer a Skin Prick Test or a Specific IgE Blood Test.