Allergies are one of the most common health problems, affecting up to 50 million Americans. At AZZ Medical Associates in Old Bridge, Brick Township, Hamilton Township, and Ewing, New Jersey, the primary care providers specialize in diagnosing and treating allergies. After an exam and bloodwork, they can recommend personalized treatment. Call the nearest office today to request allergy treatment, or book your appointment online.
Allergies occur when your immune system identifies a harmless protein –– like pet hair, pollen, or dust –– as a potentially deadly invader. This causes your immune system to produce immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies and release histamine, a chemical that triggers many uncomfortable to dangerous symptoms.
Allergies vary in severity. For some people, they cause minor respiratory problems; for others, they trigger a potentially life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis.
Allergy symptoms include:
If you have a severe allergic reaction, you can experience shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, or a sudden drop in blood pressure.
Make an appointment at AZZ Medical Associates if you have frequent sinus infections, nasal congestion, and/or difficulty breathing. That’s particularly true if your symptoms affect your ability to work and do other routine activities.
Your AZZ Medical Associates provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle. They complete a physical exam and order several types of allergy testing, including:
This test analyzes a blood sample for immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. Abnormally high levels of IgE in your bloodstream indicate allergy sensitivities.
Your AZZ Medical Associates provider pricks your skin, exposing you to several different allergens. If you’re allergic to a specific substance, a welt forms where your skin is pricked.
Allergy treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life. AZZ Medical Associates typically recommends a combination of trigger avoidance and prescription medication. Your provider might prescribe:
If these treatments don’t provide lasting relief, you might benefit from immunotherapy. Immunotherapy (or allergy shots) expose you to safe amounts of specific allergens, helping you build increased immunity.
You can’t prevent allergies, but you can take steps to avoid triggers that make your symptoms worse. For example, if you’re allergic to animal hair and have pets, it’s important to vacuum and do laundry regularly.
Call AZZ Medical Associates today to receive allergy treatment, or make your appointment online.