Allergies are reactions of the immune system to substances that, in most people, cause no symptoms.
Do you ever wonder why people develop allergies?
Have you tried countless over-the-counter allergy products only to find out that your allergy symptoms persist? Wondering what the most common types of allergens are?
Our ENT allergy doctors in Lawrenceville, Johns Creek (Suwanee), and Dacula (Hamilton Mill) answer your most commonly asked questions regarding allergies.
The immune system is a powerful factor when it comes to allergies. When a person comes in contact with specific allergic substances, their immune system reacts, and that is when symptoms transpire. In fact, the immune system produces specific antibodies capable of recognizing the same allergic substances in the future.
When the antibodies keep coming in contact with allergic substances, your allergy symptoms will persist. Certain reactions will also become evident, including:
Histamine is the culprit for the most common allergy symptoms, including:
It is a known fact that millions of Americans suffer from nasal allergies. Nasal allergies are known as hay fever. Symptoms typically transpire from being near fragrant flowers, trees, grasses, and shrubs. However, fragrant flowers are not the cause of hay fever.
Our ear, nose, and throat specialists and allergists in Lawrenceville and Johns Creek, GA, can determine the underlying causes for your allergies. We can set up a management plan to improve your daily life.
People can experience pollen allergies to several types of grass, bushes, shrubs, and trees.
Unfortunately, certain household allergies can be present all year long. That is not good news for allergy sufferers. Symptoms can often worsen in winter since windows are typically closed, and most houses are poorly ventilated.
The most common types of household allergens include:
Mold spores can also be found in homes, especially in bathrooms and poorly ventilated areas. They are the culprit for many allergy symptoms. Molds are typically present all year long, as they can grow indoors and outdoors, as well.
Allergy symptoms often make you irritable and unmotivated to do much of anything. Even though allergies are rarely ever life-threatening, they can cause:
Millions of dollars are spent every year on allergy prescriptions and medications. To best control symptoms, multiple approaches should be used simultaneously.
Such treatments and approaches include:
Immunotherapy (allergy shots or allergy drops) is an excellent method to treat allergies. The drops or shots desensitize patients to the allergens over a period of time. The goal of immunotherapy is to cure the patient of allergies.
If you have tried several over-the-counter medications and they don’t work, you should call our ENT office. Our ENT doctors will perform a thorough ear, nose, and throat examination, review your symptoms with you, and review your health history.
There are many ways that you could decrease your exposure to specific allergens. Please feel free to discuss these tips with our ENT doctors at your next appointment if needed.
Call our ENT office today for professional, effective allergy care for adults and pediatrics (kids) if you are suffering from allergy symptoms. We have convenient office locations in Johns Creek (Suwanee), Dacula (Hamilton Mill), and Lawrenceville, GA.
We will determine the right course of treatment for allergy services so you can begin experiencing a symptom-free lifestyle once again!