Allergies develop when your immune system responds to a harmless substance as though it’s a foreign invader. It marks that substance as a danger to your health, and every time you encounter the same substance — the allergen — you have an allergic response.
Some of the most common allergens include:
The symptoms you experience depend on the allergen. As one example, if you’re allergic to pollen, you have nasal and eye symptoms. Common allergy symptoms include:
If your allergies don’t respond to over-the-counter medications, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at Southwest Family Medicine Associates for a checkup and possible allergy testing. It’s also a good idea to consider allergy testing if you experience:
Before getting an allergy test, your doctor at Southwest Family Medicine Associates reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and performs a thorough examination. If you have a rash or hives, a magnified skin inspection helps rule out other skin conditions.
If an allergy is suspected, these tests can reveal the exact allergens responsible for your symptoms:
Let Southwest Family Medicine Associates help you get control of your allergies. Call or schedule an appointment online.
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