The seasons are changing yet again. For so many people, this can only mean their allergies are acting up and making them miserable all over again. Allergies are the result of pesky allergens that our immune system considers a threat. Specific allergens may be comprised of pet dander, dust mites, nuts, mold, or pollen. Once our immune system labels that allergen a threat, it can cause an array of symptoms such as watery and itchy eyes, runny nose, and wheezing. The worst allergy cases have been known to cause major symptoms consisting of severe swelling or severe asthma. If you are one of many who suffer with these annoying symptoms, you will be glad to know that there is hope for you through testing, careful monitoring, and various possible allergy treatments.
Allergy treatments may depend on how your body reacts to the allergen, and what specific allergen or allergens are causing your problematic immune system reactions. If you are researching allergy remedies, there are some options for allergy treatments that you may want to ponder.
When you come in for treatment, you will work closely with our allergist on a full evaluation of your symptoms and your specific allergies, as well as a thorough evaluation of any familial history of known allergies. Before determining which treatment opportunities will best suit you and your unique immune system, your skin or blood will be thoroughly tested. The tests are conducted to pinpoint what exact allergens are the causes of your immune system’s reaction, if any. Receiving this diagnosis will help you and our physician to understand what specific allergens you need to avoid or will need to treat.
Once this has been completed, we will try a treatment method or two until you find one that works well for you. Treatment possibilities may also include Sublingual Immunotherapy. This is a preemptive treatment that will help to ward off the symptoms of your allergies before they can begin, leading to an increase in quality of life.
Coming in for allergy treatments may be a bit nerve-wracking in the beginning, as receiving a diagnosis of any kind can be frightening, but it is the first step toward feeling like yourself again. Get in touch with us at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic to get started. We have offices located in Washington, Oregon, and California. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!