Associated Physicians Group, PLC
Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Berkley, MI
Nasal congestion and sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes from allergies can be crippling if they’re severe enough. You don’t have to live with these and other unpleasant symptoms. At Associated Physicians Group, PLC in Berkley, Michigan, Camelia Salanta, MD, Neelum Gupta, MD, and the expert team can diagnose and treat allergies to give you a better quality of life. Call the office to book an appointment today.
Allergies Q & A
What are allergies?
When your immune system reacts to things that don’t bother most people, you have an allergy. Your body can have such a reaction to some of the following common allergens:
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
- Insect stings
- Some medications
Allergy symptoms run from mild to severe and can, in some instances, threaten your life. See the Associated Physicians Group, PLC team if your allergies are severe or ongoing and affect your life.
What are common allergy symptoms?
Common symptoms of allergies include:
- Red, itchy, or watery eyes
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Facial swelling
- Skin itching
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening emergency. It needs immediate medical attention. Call 911 or head straight to a hospital emergency room if you go into shock or suffer severe shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, and loss of consciousness.
What are the risk factors for allergies?
The exact cause of allergies isn’t clear, but some things increase your risk of having them. Examples include a family history of allergies and having asthma, as asthma and allergies often occur together. Children are more likely to develop allergies.
How does my doctor diagnose allergies?
To find out if you have allergies and what you’re allergic to, your Associated Physicians Group, PLC specialist discusses your symptoms and medical history. They complete a physical exam, assess your breathing, and recommend that you have blood tests, skin prick tests, or patch testing.
During a skin prick test, your provider uses a needle with a tiny amount of allergen on it to prick your skin. If raised skin bumps appear after exposure, it means that you’re allergic to that allergen. Patch testing exposes your skin to allergens without pricking the skin.
How are allergies treated?
Common allergy treatments include:
Staying away from allergens, like certain foods, some medications, and latex, can prevent allergic reactions.
Nasal sprays, eye drops, inhalers, and oral medicines can reduce allergy symptoms, especially if you have seasonal allergies.
Allergy shots expose your body to tiny amounts of allergens to help you gradually build a tolerance to them.
Using emergency epinephrine, like that contained in an EpiPen®, can reduce the symptoms of severe allergic reactions until you’re able to get medical treatment.
Don’t live with unpleasant or dangerous allergy symptoms when effective treatments are within reach at Associated Physicians Group, PLC. Call the office to schedule an appointment today.
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