4 Questions to Ask Your Allergy Specialist
If you would like to learn more about allergy treatment or want to schedule an appointment with our allergy specialist then come to Piniella Asthma + Allergy Center. Call us or schedule an appointment online! We have 2 convenient locations to serve you in Coral Gables FL, and Palmetto Bay FL!
Allergies can be a real pain to deal with, as they can limit your ability to participate in activities or eat and drink without worry or complications. As such, our allergy doctors at Piniella Asthma + Allergy take allergies seriously and are committed to helping our patients manage and cope with allergies in ways that minimize their effect. With that in mind, if you are dealing with allergies, we would be pleased to provide you with effective treatment options to help you live your best life in spite of allergies!
What are the symptoms of allergies?
The symptoms of allergies vary according to the specific allergy that an individual is dealing with, such as a food allergy, insect sting allergy, drug allergy, or an allergy to airborne irritants like pollen. With that in mind, the following is a list of common allergy symptoms:
- Congestion, sneezing, and an itchy or runny nose (allergic rhinitis)
- Cracked, dry, or red skin
- Diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, or vomiting
- Itchy, red, or watering eyes (allergic conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye)
- Itchy, raised, and red rash (hives)
- Lowered blood pressure
- Swollen eyes, face, lips, or tongue (anaphylaxis)
If you experience any of the above after eating a particular food, getting stung or bitten by an insect, taking a specific medication, or spending time outside, you may have an allergy. While we can help with most allergy symptoms at Piniella Asthma & Allergy, seek emergency room treatment if you or someone you know are experiencing any of the following possibly life-threatening symptoms associated with allergic reactions:
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath (dyspnea), or wheezing
- Hives or rash spreading all over the body
- Loss of consciousness
- Rapid and weak pulse
- Sudden feeling of weakness
How do you know if you have an allergy?
While the presence of various allergy symptoms can make a person suspect that they have an allergy, symptoms alone are sometimes not enough to definitively say whether someone has an allergy or not. As such, there are several different tests that an allergy doctor can perform to diagnose a person’s allergies accurately. Some standard allergy tests include the following:
- Blood tests, such as radioallergosorbent (RAST) testing or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) testing
- Intradermal tests
- Elimination diets
- Skin patch tests
- Skin prick tests
Can Allergies Be Cured?
While there is no cure for allergies, they can be effectively managed and controlled with various treatments. Moreover, allergies can be outgrown or go away on their own in some cases. With that being said, some common and effective treatments for managing and controlling allergies include the following:
- Allergen avoidance
- Allergy shots, which are also referred to as immunotherapy
- Emergency epinephrine shots
- Over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription allergy medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, or corticosteroids
Are allergies a sign of a weak immune system?
Allergies are not a sign of a weak immune system; in fact, the opposite is actually true! Allergies occur when your immune system responds too strongly to irritants and substances that are otherwise harmless, relatively speaking. As such, allergies are more accurately a sign of an overactive or misguided immune system.
If you would like to learn more about allergy testing or treatment or want to schedule an appointment with our allergy doctor at Piniella Asthma + Allergy, we would be pleased to hear from you! Please feel welcome to give us a call or schedule an appointment through our website. We have two clinics located in Coral Gables and Palmetto Bay, Florida. We serve patients from Coral Gables FL, Palmetto Bay FL, Westchester FL, Brownsville FL, Kendall FL, Pinecrest FL, Richmond West FL, and Goulds FL.