Allergy Symptoms

Allergies are very common. Allergic reactions can range from mild to severe or even life-threatening (i.e. anaphylaxis). They can be occasional or frequent.

The most important management of allergy is avoiding causes. If that is not possible, then medical management is necessary.

Here’s how you can manage:

1.      Avoid or minimize contact with any known allergen (cause of allergy)

2.      Treat specific symptoms (inhalers for asthma, nasal sprays for allergic rhinitis, eye drops for allergic conjunctivitis and topical steroids for atopic dermatitis).

3.      Antihistamines

4.      Immunotherapy

Assessment and management of allergies is provided by many of the practitioners at Prominis. Allergies are very common and cause a lot of distress, but treatment options are feasible.

 

Pet Allergies

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Pets carry allergens in their hair, dander, saliva, and urine - which is why simply walking into a house with cats or dogs can trigger symptoms. The best management is avoiding exposure, but if that isn’t possible, medical management including desensitization and immunotherapy are effective.

Nut Allergies

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Nut allergies are common, and the reactions can be severe and even life-threatening. History is the most important investigation, and blood tests can assist. People who believe that they have any form of nut allergy should always be medically assessed, as a severe anaphylactic reaction is possible.

Pollen Allergies

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Pollen is one of the most common forms of seasonal allergies. Pollen is a major cause of Spring Hay Fever. Possible symptoms: runny nose and mucus production, sneezing, itchiness, and wateriness and swelling around the eyes. To test for pollen allergies, your provider can administer a Skin Prick Test or a Specific IgE Blood Test.