Allergies can affect your sinuses, your digestive tract, and your skin. At HealthStone Primary Care Partners in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Gilbert Weiner, DO, offers allergy testing and treatment for men and women to help find triggers and offer relief. If you experience symptoms that suggest you’re among the 50 million Americans suffering from allergies, call the office or request an appointment to get tested right away.
Allergies occur when your immune system malfunctions. Your body senses that otherwise harmless foreign substances, such as pollen or dust, are possibly a threat and mistakenly releases antibodies in response. Inflammation and irritation in the airways, skin, digestive tract, and sinuses results.
Allergic reactions range from mild and annoying to serious and life-threatening.
Allergy symptoms manifest in different ways, depending on the nature of the allergy.
Usually allergies that irritate the respiratory tract or sinuses cause increased mucus production, sneezing, watery eyes, and coughing. Skin symptoms include itching, rashes, and hives. Food allergies can cause an upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Anaphylaxis is a severe reaction that occurs with some allergic reactions. It causes shock and sometimes death, usually in response to a food allergy or insect bite or sting. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include light-headedness, a sudden drop in blood pressure, nausea, rapid pulse, and sometimes vomiting.
Having your allergies evaluated is an important step toward treatment. When you know what triggers your allergic reactions, you’re better able to avoid future incidences. You may choose testing when symptoms interfere with your daily life and over-the-counter medications fail to offer relief.
At HealthStone Primary Care Partners, the team looks for potential allergies with skin testing and sometimes blood work. With skin testing, you’re given a small dose of the allergen and then watched to see if your skin responds positively with a small bump.
Blood tests may be used if skin testing is inconclusive or inappropriate for your situation.
If you’re at risk for anaphylactic shock, the team prescribes an epinephrine auto-injector that relieves symptoms right away and gives you time to get medical help.
For less severe allergies, allergy shots, avoidance of triggers, and oral medications can help ease symptoms. Dietary and environmental changes also help make you more comfortable.
If you have allergies that interfere with your quality of life, come get tested and treated at HealthStone Primary Care Partners. Call for an appointment or request an appointment today.
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