What are Allergies?

Allergies happen when your immune system is oversensitive to something that you touch, eat, or inhale and causes a reaction to it. 

Normally, your immune system works to keep you safe and symptomless from disease-causing viruses and bacteria. If you have allergies, the allergens that cause your symptoms are not things that normally cause illness.

What Are The Symptoms Of Allergies?

The symptoms you get with allergies depend on the type of substance causing them. For example, symptoms of food allergies tend to differ from symptoms of allergic rhinitis (hay fever).

Consider booking an appointment for allergy treatment with Wasatch Wellness if you intermittently experience symptoms like the following after exposure to a substance:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Eye-watering
  • Hives or rash
  • Chest tightness
  • Swelling or edema
  • Mouth tingling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea

What Causes My Allergic Reactions?

Allergy symptoms happen when you come into some type of contact with an allergen. A few of the most common allergens are:

  • Plant pollens
  • Pet dander
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Shellfish
  • Latex
  • Medications
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Bees and other stinging insects

If you’re not sure what causes your allergy symptoms, we can help you find out! We offer allergy medication management through a series of blood or skin tests.

Are Allergies Treatable?

The most effective way to prevent allergy symptoms is to avoid your allergen. However, this isn’t always possible, especially if you’re particularly sensitive to even small amounts of the allergen. To control your allergy symptoms, we can prescribe medications like antihistamines, corticosteroids, or nasal decongestants.

If your allergy is severe enough to threaten your life, you need to carry an emergency epinephrine shot with you at all times. We teach you to use the shot in the event of exposure to reduce symptoms until you can get emergency help. You can increase your tolerance to some allergens via immunotherapy. You get regular injections over the course of a few years, each with a small amount of your allergen in it. When successful, the treatment prevents allergy symptoms altogether. If you suspect or know you have an allergy and need treatment, call us or schedule an appointment online today.

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