If you suffer from allergies, you know the symptoms go far beyond sneezing and coughing. Allergies are the result of your body’s natural defenses attacking foreign substances such as pollen, food, or animal dander. Allergies can cause shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, and even vomiting. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available once the specific allergens (allergic triggers) have been diagnosed. If you are experiencing an allergic reaction, contact Dr. Bradford Ress at (561) 353-7377 in Boca Raton, FL to properly diagnose your allergies. Dr. Ress welcomes patients of any age.
Facts about Allergies
The American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology put the scope of allergy-related ailments in the United States into stark numbers. Asthma and allergic diseases affect more than 24 million people in the United States, the professional association found. More than 50 million Americans experience some form of allergic reaction each year. The cost of chronic illnesses resulting from allergies is around $18 billion each year.
Hay fever, sometimes referred to as allergic rhinitis, is a common ailment. Symptoms often include:
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Stuffy nose or congestion
Itching of the eyes, nose, or roof of the mouth
Common Allergic Triggers
Pollen ranks high on this list and for good reason. Ragweed, grasses and trees all release pollen that can trigger seasonal allergies with symptoms ranging from watery eyes and sneezing to a stuffy nose and itchy throat. Staying indoors during high pollen count days is one way to advert this allergic trigger. Possible treatments include allergy shots, medications, immunotherapy tablets, and nasal sprays. Allergy shots, also known as allergen immunotherapy, desensitizes patients to allergens by exposing them to larger and larger quantities of the allergen they are most sensitive to.
We love our pets, but their dander doesn’t always love our immune system. Millions of Americans suffer from allergic reactions to dander, the material shed from animals that have hair, fur, or feathers. Frequently cleaning areas where pets gather is one way to mitigate this allergen. Setting aside pet-free zones and washing dogs or pets regularly are other ways to fight dander. When that fails, medications or allergy shots may be needed.
Insects and Dust Mites
The thought of small critters crawling on our pillows is frightening enough, but dust mites can cause real health problem for those with an allergic sensitivity to the microscopic bugs. Proper cleaning of bedding and linens can cut down on the problem. A sting from larger insects, like bees and wasps, can be life-threatening. Epinephrine is often a required treatment for people suffering from severe allergic reactions to insect stings.
Food allergies are on the rise. It is estimated that 15 million Americans (including 5.9 million children) have some form of food allergy.
Diagnosing Allergic Triggers in Boca Raton, FL
At Ress ENT/Boca Raton Ear & Sinus Surgery, our testing procedures allow us to find what you are and are not allergic to. The tests involve using a small plastic device that scratches the surface of the skin, exposing it to specific allergens. If a test is positive, further testing is performed. Based on those results, a customized treatment plan is given. Allergies can strike at any time. Knowing which allergens are triggering your symptoms is the first step toward proper treatment. Call our team at (561) 353-7377 to arrange a consultation.