Allergies are one of the most common immune disorders diagnosed today. Your immune system regularly produces antibodies to help protect you from outside invaders like viruses and bacteria. When you have allergies, your immune system has identified an allergen as an “invader” that is harmful to your body, even though that may not be the case.
An allergic response happens when the body encounters a substance that it determines to be harmful. These substances are classified as allergens. The immune system responds by creating an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). The resulting symptoms are your body's allergic response. Common allergens include:
Most symptoms of an allergic response will simply make you feel uncomfortable, but some of them will make you just miserable. The most common allergy symptoms include itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, or a rash or hives. More serious reactions may include swelling in your mouth or throat, or trouble breathing. This reaction is classified as anaphylaxis.
Diagnosis of allergies is a fairly simple process administered by our Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialist at South Florida ENT Associates. The process of diagnosis includes a physical exam, where we will ask you a a series of questions regarding your symptoms. Our ENT specialist will then review your personal medical history. Then there are tests that can be performed to determine what allergens may be causing your uncomfortable symptoms.
There are three allergy treatment options: avoidance, medication to treat symptoms, and immunotherapy.
Your ENT can help you to determine which therapy or combination of therapies will best treat your allergy symptoms. Whether you suffer from seasonal hay fever or are allergic to more ever-present substances such as dust mites and mold, our ENT specialist can help you find the best path to feeling well again.
If you're experiencing symptoms of allergies, contact South Florida ENT Associates today to help you get back on the road to a healthy, happy life.
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