What Causes Allergies?
If you are suffering from allergies, then chances are good that you are dealing with a variety of everyday challenges. Maybe you fear every time you have to walk outside or you worry every time you eat out that you’ll suddenly be struck down with stomach pains. Whether you know what’s causing your allergy symptoms or the cause remains a mystery, it’s important to seek answers from a doctor so that you know the most effective strategies you need to manage your symptoms for the long term.
An allergy is an immune system response to an otherwise harmless substance that your body deems harmful. While just about anything can cause an allergic reaction the most common allergies include,
- Pet dander
- Insect bites and stings
- Dust mites
- Certain medications
Seeing an ENT
Otolaryngologists have been diagnosing and treating allergies for over a century; therefore, if you want a medical specialist that will be able to help you determine the cause of your allergies and how to best manage them our Hollywood, FL, ENT doctors can help. We offer a wide range of testing techniques and allergy treatments based on the type and severity of your symptoms. At South Florida ENT Associate we are your one-stop shop for handling all kinds of allergies, from nasal allergies that cause sinus and respiratory complaints to food allergies that affect your gastrointestinal system.
During your consultation, we will ask you a variety of questions about the symptoms you are experiencing to get an idea of the issues you having. There are several ways to diagnose allergies and the type of testing we perform will depend on the type of allergy we suspect that you have. The two most common allergy tests are a skin prick and blood test. If you experience severe allergic reactions then a blood test may be the best way to confirm allergies without triggering an allergic reaction.
Once you’ve received a professional diagnosis then we can create a treatment plan that will help you manage your allergy symptoms for the long run. Your treatment plan will often include one or more of these treatments,
- Lifestyle modifications
- Avoiding allergic triggers
- Over-the-counter and prescription antihistamines and decongestants
- Asthma medications (for asthma symptoms caused by allergies)
- Steroid nasal sprays
- EpiPen for symptoms of anaphylaxis (a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction)
- Immunotherapy or allergy shots
Whether you suspect that you might have a food allergy or you are battling the sneezing and nasal congestion of seasonal allergies, our allergy specialists can provide you with the assessment and treatment you need to get your allergies under control.
To schedule an allergy consultation and screening in Hollywood, FL, call South Florida ENT Associates at (954) 966-7000.
Have questions about how our doctors can help treat your allergy symptoms? Call South Florida ENT Associates in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL today at (954) 966-7000.