Have you ever wondered why some people have terrible allergies and others never seem to suffer with them? Well, in the same way that our immune system normally protects us from harmful viruses and bacteria, it also reacts to a foreign substance called allergens. Some people are just more sensitive than others to these allergens. In a person that has allergies, the body releases histamines and other chemicals as a defense against these allergens. These histamines and chemicals cause the allergy symptoms that so many of us suffer with daily.
Some of the most common types of allergens are dust, food, molds, pollens, pet and other animal dander, drugs and insect bites. We come into contact with most of these things everyday.
Did you know that the Tennessee area ranks in the top five regions in the country for allergy symptoms and treatment? Lifelong and relocated residents commonly suffer from chronic allergy symptoms.
Some of those common allergy symptoms are nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy watery eyes, frequent headaches, tiredness, loss of concentration, itchy skin, hives, tingling of the mouth, facial swelling, cough, wheezing and shortness of breath.
Allergy treatment can include environmental controls, medication, or most effectively allergy injections. Allergy injections, or Immunotherapy, are recommended when allergy symptoms are not controlled by using anti-histamine medication and/or other methods. These injections build up your tolerance to the allergen and will lessen the symptoms. Receiving allergy injections does involve skin testing, but in very young children and individuals on certain medications, a simple blood test can be performed although the skin test does give a more conclusive diagnosis.
Allergies do not discriminate against anyone…. You can 50 or you can 5 months old, male or female… It all depends on how your immune system responds to the allergens that surround us daily.
Please come in and visit our allergy clinic today. Let us help stop your allergy suffering.