If you’ve ever experienced the itchy, red eyes and runny nose that are characteristic of allergies, you know just how frustrating they can be, and fortunately, help is available. The highly experienced team at Allergy and Asthma Consultants in Atlanta, Cumming, Roswell, and Duluth, Georgia, provide their patients with allergy relief care, helping them get back to the things that they love. To learn how they can help you, call the office nearest to you or book online today to schedule your first appointment.
For the most part, our immune systems handle the incredibly complex job of identifying which foreign substances are harmful and which are harmless with incredible precision. Our immune system helps us fight off colds, flus, and illness, keeping us healthy. However, for some people, the immune system can make some mistakes.
An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system reacts to a substance that would usually be considered harmless as if it were a foreign invader, releasing histamine and other irritating chemicals. This foreign substance that causes the reaction is known as an allergen and can take many forms, including mold, pollen, foods, animal dander, and other substances.
If you experience allergic symptoms, you are not alone. It is estimated that one in five Americans have some form of allergy. Allergic symptoms can range from minor to life-threatening, but they often can be unpleasant and get in the way of life. The kind of symptoms that you experience depends on the substances to which you are allergic and how you are exposed, whether it’s through your skin, the air, a particular food, or a bug sting. Common nasal allergy symptoms include:
If you are exposed to an allergen through the skin, symptoms often appear as hives or rashes. Food allergies can be quite unpleasant and usually take the form of cramps, diarrhea, or vomiting. Bug sting allergies can also be quite unpleasant and include swelling, pain, and redness.
For those who suffer from allergies, help is available. A range of medications, such as Zyrtec and Allegra, can help to block the release of histamine and reduce the allergic reaction while it is happening. In addition, nasal sprays, eye drops, and decongestants can also help to reduce symptoms and improve comfort.
For long-term management of allergies, specific allergen testing is available to help you understand exactly what is triggering your reaction. Once the trigger has been identified, there are treatments available, such as allergy shots, that can help to modify your body’s reaction to the allergen.
To learn more about allergies and whether you may benefit from treatment, call one of their offices or go online today to schedule your first appointment with the team at Allergy and Asthma Consultants.