ALLERGY TESTING & TREATMENT
Approximately 60 million Americans suffer from allergic disease, which ranks it as the 5th leading chronic disease in the US. It is estimated that as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children suffer from allergies. The most common allergic conditions are allergic rhinitis (hay fever), food allergy, atopic dermatitis (eczema), and allergic asthma and these are common among all age groups.
An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system reacts to substances that are otherwise harmless. The body produces IgE antibodies that are specific for allergic triggers like pollen and animal dander. Continued exposure to allergens can lead to chronic inflammation and worsening of your allergic symptoms over time. Common treatment options include prescription and over-the-counter medications like antihistamines and corticosteroids. However, these medications do not provide a long-term solution since the allergic symptoms often return when themedications are stopped.
Allergy Immunotherapy is another treatment option thathelps to re-educate the immune system so you no longer over-react to the allergic triggers. Immunotherapy formulations are prepared specifically for each patientbased on the results of an allergy skin test or blood test. The treatment can be administered by injection (allergy shots) or with sublingual drops or tablets. A typical course of allergy immunotherapy will take a few years to complete, but it is the only treatment that provides long lasting relief, and the potential to become allergy-free for a lifetime.
How To Find Out If You Have Allergies
The best way to determine if you have allergies is to perform a skin test. Skin testing for allergies is a quick and painless procedure that provides immediate results without having to draw blood or wait days for lab results. Your healthcare provider will review with you the results of your skin test and compare these to your history of allergen exposure to determine an appropriate treatment plan.
For certain allergens, simple avoidance measures can be taken to help minimize exposure to the allergic triggers. For other allergens, avoidance may be difficult or impossible, so the best treatment option may include immunotherapy along with use of symptom relieving medication. Over time, the results of your immunotherapy will become obvious as the severity of your symptoms decrease and your need for medication is greatly reduced,or eliminated altogether.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF ALLERGY SUFFERERS
- Itchy/Watery Eyes
- Runny Nose
- Sinus Congestion
- Headaches & Fatigue
- Hives or Rashes
- Loss of Taste or Smell
- Aches and Pains
SOME OF THE TOP SOURCES OF ALLERGIES
- Pollen (Tree, Grass, Weed)
- Animal Dander
- House Dust Mites
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