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Allergy Treatment

Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery located in Scottsdale, AZ & Fountain Hills, AZ

A Comprehensive Insight into Allergies

At Sinus & Allergy Wellness Center, we are dedicated to understanding allergies and providing the best allergy relief for our valued community in Scottsdale, AZ. Allergies are common, but their effects are far from trivial, as they can significantly impact your daily life. Understanding what allergies are, their causes, symptoms, and the various treatment options we offer for effective allergy relief is crucial.

Allergy Treatment FAQ

What causes an allergy?2020-09-09T16:11:27-07:00

Allergies begin when your immune system mistakenly identifies a harmless substance, such as pollen, as something that’s dangerous for your body. Then every time you encounter that substance, you have an allergic reaction.

Some of the most common allergens include:

  • Airborne allergens: mold, dust, pet dander, and pollen from plants and flowers
  • Contact allergens: poison ivy, nickel, latex, soaps
  • Food allergies: milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, tree nuts, soy, fish, and shellfish
  • Insect stings: bees, wasps, and hornets
  • Medications: penicillin, aspirin, ibuprofen

Children and adults who have food allergies also have a higher risk of developing allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and atopic dermatitis (eczema).

What symptoms develop if I have allergies?2020-09-09T16:11:44-07:00

For most allergies, the symptoms are directly related to the type of allergy. For example, contact allergens cause a skin reaction, while airborne allergens result in respiratory symptoms. This list includes the symptoms potentially caused by all types of allergies:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Congested nose
  • Itchy nose, eyes, or mouth
  • Watery eyes
  • Skin rash or hives
  • Swollen area at the site of an insect sting
  • Nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramping

Allergies to foods, insect stings, and latex may cause a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. If that happens, you’ll experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, swelling of your tongue and throat, and dizziness.

An anaphylactic reaction is a medical emergency that rapidly worsens and can lead to loss of consciousness and even death. At the first sign of a severe reaction, call 9-1-1 immediately and use your epinephrine injector.

What should I know about allergy testing and treatment?2020-09-09T16:12:00-07:00

Dr. Gergits reviews your medical history and talks with you about your symptoms and when they appear. If your symptoms clearly indicate a specific allergy, he may recommend a plan to avoid your allergens and treat your symptoms with antihistamines.

If your symptoms don’t improve, you already had severe symptoms, or your suspected allergens may cause an anaphylactic reaction, Dr. Gergits may perform allergy testing right away.

A skin prick test is done in the office. The test only takes 15 minutes, then your allergens are identified, and he can customize your treatment.

Some patients may be good candidates for immunotherapy. This treatment is commonly known as allergy shots, but at Sinus & Allergy Wellness Center, most patients get their immunotherapy in the form of allergy drops that go under the tongue.

If you have allergy symptoms, call Sinus & Allergy Wellness Center or book an appointment online.

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What Exactly Are Allergies?

Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to usually harmless substances, such as pollen, dust mites, or certain foods. This overreaction is characterized by the production of Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies, which trigger the release of chemicals like histamine, causing allergy symptoms.


Triggers and Causes of Allergies

The root cause of allergies is an overactive immune system, but the specific triggers can vary widely. Some of the most common allergens include:

  • Pollen from Trees and Grasses – This significantly contributes to seasonal allergies, often called hay fever.
  • House Dust Mites and Mold Spores – These are common triggers of year-round allergies.
  • Pet Dander – This can include skin cells, saliva, and urine from pets such as dogs and cats.
  • Certain Foods – Some people are allergic to peanuts, shellfish, milk, and eggs.
  • Insect Stings – Bee and wasp stings can cause allergic reactions in some individuals.
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Types of Allergies

Allergies come in many forms, each having its triggers and symptoms. Some common types of allergies include:

  • Food Allergies – Triggered by specific foods.
  • Seasonal Allergies – Caused by environmental changes, often due to pollen.
  • Drug Allergies – Reactions to certain medications.
  • Skin Allergies – Triggered by contact with certain substances.
  • Pet Allergies – Caused by exposure to pet dander.

Recognizing Allergy Symptoms

Symptoms of allergies can range from mild to severe and can affect various parts of your body. They may include:

  • Sneezing, runny nose, and congestion
  • Itchy, watery, or swollen eyes
  • Skin rashes, hives, or eczema
  • Coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath
  • Swelling of lips, tongue, or throat
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How Allergies Are Diagnosed

At Sinus & Allergy Wellness Center, we use allergy testing to determine the specific allergens causing your symptoms. This may involve skin tests, where small amounts of potential allergens are applied to your skin using tiny punctures, or blood tests that measure the amount of specific IgE antibodies in your blood.

Allergy Treatment

Treatment for allergies typically involves avoiding known allergens, using medications to relieve symptoms, and undergoing immunotherapy for long-term relief. We offer various allergy treatments, including medication, allergy shots, and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) tablets.

Effective Treatment for Chronic Sinusitis

Alongside our allergy treatments, we also specialize in treating chronic sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinuses often linked with allergies. Our experienced team can provide a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific symptoms and improves your quality of life.

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Entrust Your Allergy Care to Sinus & Allergy Wellness Center

At Sinus & Allergy Wellness Center, we pride ourselves on providing comprehensive, patient-centered care. Our team of experts is well-versed in diagnosing and managing allergies, and we use the latest medical technology to provide effective, personalized treatments. Trust us to help you achieve long-lasting allergy relief. We welcome you to contact us today to start your journey toward a life free of allergy symptoms. Our Scottsdale, AZ team is ready and eager to assist you with all your allergy needs. Take control of your allergies, and experience the difference that effective, personalized care can make.

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