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About Allergies

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Allergies happen when your immune system overreacts to an "allergen" -  something that usually is harmless, such as plant pollen, dust mites, molds, insect stings or food. If you have an allergy, your immune system acts as if the allergen were dangerous, releasing a chemical called histamine that causes allergy symptoms.

If the allergen is something you breathe in from the air, your reaction will most likely affect your eyes, nose and lungs. If it's something you eat, it most often affects your mouth and or causes skin rashes. Food allergies may also cause symptoms in the stomach and intestines, cause asthma-like symptoms, and have been linked to eczema in children.

Most folks are familiar with the usual symptoms of allergies such as congestion, runny nose, scratchy throat and red, itchy/watery eyes. What some people may not know is that their allergies may actually be causing or worsening asthma, or making them more susceptible to recurrent sinus infections. What they need to know is that treating the underlying allergy to pollen, pet dander and dust mite often leads to dramatic improvement in allergic asthma, and fewer sinus infections.

Fortunately, a Board Certified Allergist has special training and is uniquely qualified in finding out what is causing your allergy, and most importantly how to treat it!

You should make sure you see an Allergist if:

          

 

 

Only a Board Certified Allergist has the specialty training to be uniquely qualified to treat your allergies. 



 

  • Allergies are causing other symptoms such as repeated sinus infections, stuffy nose or difficulty breathing.
  • If nasal congestion, cough or asthma like symptoms are interfering with your sleep, work or school.
  • Hay fever or other allergy symptoms last for several months of the year.
  • Antihistamines and other over-the-counter medications do not control your allergy symptoms or cause side effects, such as drowsiness.
  • Asthma or allergies are interfering with your day-to-day activities or quality of life.
  • You have warning signs of asthma. These may include a wheeze or cough, especially at night or during exercise, shortness of breath or a tight feeling in the chest.
  • You need to confirm or diagnose a food allergy.
  • You have had a severe reaction to an ant bite or flying insect sting.
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Board Certified Allergists


3410 Far West Blvd. #146
Austin, TX 78731

Appointments call 512.349.0777


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