Whether your allergies make you sneeze and cough or cause a rash, they're not just irritating - they can have a serious effect on your quality of life. Allergy testing with Juan Borja, DO, and his team at Coral Springs Medical & Dental in Coral Springs, Florida, can identify the cause of your problems, so you can get the treatment you need. Call today to schedule a consultation or book an allergy test appointment online.
An allergy develops when your immune system overreacts to something in your environment, causing unpleasant symptoms when you encounter this substance. Hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) is a common type of allergy.
Your immune system protects you from invading microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, and fungus that could harm your body. With an allergy, your immune system is responding to something that doesn't represent a threat or would cause minimal harm. These substances are known as allergens. Common examples include:
Common food allergies include peanuts, fish and shellfish, eggs, and milk. In severe cases, some of these allergies can be life-threatening.
Allergies tend to cause severe reactions, but you could also suffer from an intolerance or sensitivity to a certain food or allergen, which causes less serious symptoms.
Common allergy symptoms include:
An insect sting allergy might result in severe swelling at the site of the sting, while other allergies can cause swelling in your lips, tongue, and throat. Hay fever can lead to allergic sinusitis if your sinuses get infected.
An allergy can become life-threatening if you develop anaphylaxis. This severe reaction causes your blood pressure to drop and alters your heart rate. Breathing problems, weakness, and loss of consciousness can occur rapidly without treatment.
Your provider at Coral Springs Medical & Dental uses a scratch test to identify the cause of your allergic reaction. They place a small quantity of a possible allergen on your skin and then use a sterile needle to make a little scratch.
If your skin swells and goes red, it confirms you have an allergy. Any reaction to the scratch test indicates a degree of sensitivity.
After completing the allergy testing process at Coral Springs Medical & Dental, your provider can help you learn to avoid the allergens that trigger your symptoms. They can also prescribe antihistamines or steroid medications to manage flare-ups.
Longer-term allergy shots can be a successful way of desensitizing your body to an allergen. This treatment, known as immunotherapy, involves introducing small quantities of the allergen to your body over a long period – often several years – until your immune system develops more tolerance.
To find out more about allergy treatments or schedule your allergy test, call Coral Springs Medical & Dental today or book an appointment online.