Allergies can attack at certain seasons or linger year-round, producing uncomfortable symptoms that you wish would go away. If you need expert care for your allergies, Dr. Yasmeen Agha at Dominion Family Healthcare offers up-to-date treatments to relieve you of persistent symptoms. The practice is conveniently located in San Antonio. If you’re ready to put allergies behind you, call to schedule a consultation or book one online today.

Allergies Q & A

What are common kinds of allergies?

As many as 40-50 million Americans have allergies. Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to a substance or food. Allergies come in different forms, causing sneezing, a runny nose, and other symptoms that affect your quality of life.

Here are common types of allergies you might experience.

Food Allergy

Food allergies can occur at any age, although they are most prevalent in infants and children. It’s possible to develop a food allergy at any point, even if you haven’t consumed a particular food or ingredient for many years.

Skin Allergy

Bumpy, red rashes are a frequent indication of a skin allergy. Skin allergies can be triggered by various substances, including contact with plants like poison ivy, specific foods, and medications.

Dust Allergy

A dust allergy can lead to year-round symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose, and sneezing. Many dust allergies are triggered by dust mites, tiny organisms that thrive on house dust.

Pet Allergy

Pet allergies can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including sneezing and skin rashes. These allergies can persist with symptoms appearing in places where a pet has been, such as home, work, or school, even after the pet has been removed.

Insect Sting Allergy

A sting by a bee, wasp, hornet, yellow jacket, or fire ants injects venom into your skin, producing an allergic reaction. Though rare, stings cause life-threatening allergic reactions in 3% of adults and 0.4%- 0.8% of children.

How are allergies diagnosed?

At Dominion Family Healthcare, your doctor conducts a comprehensive medical history, which includes asking about the onset of your symptoms. It’s crucial to inform your doctor about any family history of asthma, allergies, hay fever, or skin conditions such as eczema. To identify the specific allergen(s) triggering your reaction, your doctor may suggest blood tests or skin tests.

What does allergies treatment entail?

The good news is several treatments are available to relieve your allergy symptoms. Your doctor may suggest you start taking allergy medications, such as:

  • Antihistamines: to relieve sneezing, watery eyes, a runny nose, and hives
  • Decongestants: to ease a stuffy nose
  • Corticosteroids: to treat inflammation in your nose

There’s no need to suffer from allergies when the right care can make you feel better and improve your quality of life. Call Dominion Family Healthcare today or schedule a consultation online.

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