“Allergies” is a catchall term for your body’s reactions to certain substances, which can range from your family’s pet to shellfish. It’s estimated that about 50 million people in the United States suffer from nasal allergies alone, and allergic conditions are the most common health issue affecting children. At Neighborhood Medical Center, Dr. Martin G. McElya has extensive experience diagnosing and treating allergies in his Dallas area patients, allowing them to lead happy, active lives without the interruptions allergies can cause. If you struggle with allergies, call the office or book an appointment online to get treatment.
The simplest explanation of an allergy is your immune system’s response to a foreign substance, also known as an allergen. What’s not so simple is the sheer number of substances people are allergic to, the most common being:
Reactions to these triggers are also varied and range in severity, from mild discomfort to severe, life-altering reactions. They include:
While most reactions aren’t life-threatening, they can have a major impact on your quality of life, which makes a visit to Dr. McElya a good idea. If your reactions involve life-threatening anaphylaxis, medical intervention is especially critical.
To determine what allergens are causing you grief, Dr. McElya first sits down with you to review your symptoms, your medical history, and your family’s medical history. It’s helpful if you record your symptoms, which allows Dr. McElya to better pinpoint your triggers.
From there, he typically orders a blood test, which measures the amount of antibodies in your system that are caused by allergies.
To continue to narrow the field of possible allergens, Dr. McElya may recommend skin testing. During this test, the doctor pricks your skin with certain allergens to test your skin’s reaction — if you’re allergic to the substance, you usually develop a bump or hive at the site of the test.
Since there’s no known cause of allergies, there’s also no single cure for the condition. To combat the impact allergies have on your life, Dr. McElya recommends a multi-pronged approach to help you manage the symptoms, which includes:
Under the guidance of Dr. McElya, you can successfully relieve your allergy symptoms, allowing you to enjoy life to its fullest.
To learn more about managing your allergies, call Neighborhood Medical Center, or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.