- watery/itchy eyes
- cold symptoms that won't go away
- skin rashes
- some types of asthma
- persistent cough
- recurring ear infections
- nasal congestion
- runny nose
- postnasal drip
- recurring sinus infections
Most Common Allergens
- tree pollens
- weed pollens
- grass pollens
- house dust
- animal hair and dander
- insect stings and bites
- chemicals- including drugs
- certain plant oleoresins
Skin testing is a method of testing for allergic antibodies. testing consists of introducing small amounts of suspected substances, or allergens, into the skin and noting the development of a reaction. A positive reaction is noted when the allergen placed on the skin causes swelling and redness.
The results are read 15 to 20 minutes after the application of the allergen. Interpretation of skin tests requires the allergist's skill in matching the test results with the patient history of allergy-like symptoms. Just because a skin test with a particular substance is positive does not necessarily mean that substance is causing the symptoms.
Allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, can actually keep your body from reacting to allergens, reducing and often eliminating the need for medication.
The shots decrease a patient's sensitivity to specific allergens by injecting gradually increasing doses of purified "vaccines" of the substance that triggers the allergic reaction. The injections stimulate the immune system to fight allergies safely, effectively, and naturally.
You should consider allergy immunotherapy if you:
- Are unable to avoid specific allergens
- Have allergies for long periods of time throughout the year
- Frequently miss work or school because of allergies
- Get inadequate relief from medications or experience troublesome side effects, or don't wish to rely on constant medication.