Allergies occur when your immune system mistakenly attacks your body because of an exposure to a foreign substance. You may experience symptoms ranging from a runny nose and sneezing to a severe, whole-body reaction. It’s a result from your body’s attempt to neutralize or eliminate an “invader.” If your allergy is a reaction to a food, avoiding that specific food is advisable. However, avoidance is more difficult with allergens like pollen, mold, pet dander, and house dust.
What is an Allergy Attack?
An allergy attack occurs when you encounter a substance like pollen, house dust, a certain food or pet dander. Your body is trying to defend itself from what it thinks is an “invader.” Allergy attacks can come in different forms. There are minor reactions that could last for a few hours or up to a few days such as coughing, itching, runny nose, sneezing or even nausea. The most severe and life-threatening condition is called anaphylaxis, which causes severe swelling of the airways, difficulty breathing, and unconsciousness.
Medications for allergies focus on symptom relief. Decongestants, for example, can help relieve a swollen, stuffy nose. Antihistamines are a type of medication that helps relieve sneezing and itchy eyes. Receiving a skin test is a way to determine exactly what causes your allergic reaction. Once your allergic triggers are identified, your doctor will recommend the best treatment for you. This can be in the form of allergy medicines, a series of shots or sublingual immunotherapy. Getting tested is the first step toward finding the best treatment for you.
See an Allergy Specialist
Your family doctor can help you with minor allergies that cause problems occasionally (such as hay fever or seasonal allergies). However, if you have severe allergies, multiple allergies or allergic reactions year-round, it will be beneficial to see an allergy specialist. An allergy specialist has advanced training specifically in dealing with allergies, asthma, and the immune system. They can test for your specific allergic triggers and develop a personalized plan for your needs.
When allergies begin to complicate your life, don’t suffer in silence. Schedule an appointment with us today at Kaplan Sinus Relief. We’ll help you diagnose your allergic triggers and figure out the best treatment plan for you.