Allergic symptoms can make life miserable. In the United States, 50 million people suffer from allergies. Seasonal allergies are caused by pollen from grass, trees, or weeds. Indoor allergies occur all year long and are triggered by dust mites, mold, or pets. Foods also can cause mild to severe allergic symptoms which can even be fatal. If you are experiencing hives, congestion, a chronic sore throat, itchy rashes, asthma, or gastrointestinal symptoms, you might have allergies. Allergy Testing in Evansville IN can determine specific allergens an individual is allergic to. Treatment consists of avoiding triggers, taking medication, and immunotherapy.
The number one recommendation for treating allergies is to avoid known allergens. This may be easier said than done. Seasonal allergies can be avoided by staying indoors during peak pollen times of the day and year. Indoor allergies can be avoided by removing carpet and drapes fromhome and treating bedding and stuffed toys to remove allergens regularly. If an individual is allergic to foods, not eating the allergic proteins will go a long way in avoiding symptoms.
Many medications are available to improve allergic symptoms. Oral antihistamines may be needed regularly. Nasal sprays are also available to reduce inflammation in the nasal passage. Individuals who have life-threatening allergies, most commonly occurring from foods or bee stings, will need to carry epinephrine with them at all times. An injection of epinephrine can save the person’s life as they attempt to get further medical care at an emergency room.
Lastly, immunotherapy in the form of allergy injections can provide long term relief. An allergy injection places a serum containing small amounts of confirmed allergens under the skin. If the dosage is correct, an allergic reaction should not take place. The dosage will gradually be increased until symptoms are no longer problematic. Immunotherapy can take 3 to 5 years. Unfortunately, allergy injections are not used for food allergies, so individuals who are allergic to foods will just need to avoid the foods they are allergic too.
If you suspect you may have an allergy, get Allergy Testing in Evansville IN to confirm your suspicions. Contact us to 1) identify your specific allergy trigger, 2) get recommendations on how to avoid your allergens, and 3) take medication or consider immunotherapy for long-term relief.