Whether you experience allergies yourself or not, you definitely know someone that is affected. You know the tell-tale symptoms; red nose and eyes, sinus congestion, sneezing, runny nose and all around look of exhaustion. If you do experience this yourself you know that there can be little relief. It’s quite astounding to hear so many patients say that living other places they never experienced allergies as bad as here in Texas.
So What Are Allergies Actually?
An Allergy is an abnormal immune system response to typical household and environmental substances. These substances are called allergens. They are found in cat and dog hair, plants, molds, and foods. The allergens cause the immune system to overreact.
When a person eats, inhales or gets an allergen on their skin, an allergic reaction occurs. The body attacks the allergen as an invader by producing antibodies. The antibody, called IgE, attaches to the allergen and acts as a messenger. It calls the body’s immune system into action to defend against the allergen. The body then produces histamine from mast cells. Mast cells are found throughout the respiratory and gastrointestinal system. Histamine produces the symptoms associated with allergies such as sneezing, itching, watery eyes and gastrointestinal complaints.
How We Help
We perform a quick simple test that covers 72 environmental and food allergies to help you keep your energy levels at peak performance.
There are two methods we offer at each of our clinics to help you discover what it is that is actually causing your allergic reactions. These methods include:
– 30-minute scratch test – a skin test that uses extracts; a concentrated liquid form of common allergens. These allergins include pollen, mold, dust mites, animal dander, and different foods. Once the allergen gets in your skin, it could trigger a rash. Your skin will get irritated and may itch, like a mosquito bite indicating an allergic reaction.
– Blood testing – Blood tests for allergies called ELISA studies are the second line method for testing for allergies. It is typically reserved for people who for some medical reason cannot have the scratch test.
Once we have identified what it is you are reacting to there are two forms of treatment that we offer. These treatments include:
– Allergy Injections – Allergy shots essentially help your body to cope better with allergens in the environment. Allergy shots are also referred to as “immunotherapy”. These shots may be your best option if over the counter allergy drugs don’t work well or you have symptoms more than three months a year.
– Allergy Drops – Allergy drops work the same way as the shots, but are delivered under the tongue. Both allergy shots and drops must be taken on a regular basis for many months to work effectively.
There are many ways to combat allergies once a person knows what it is they are reacting to. It can be as simple as a shift in lifestyle and can completely raise your quality of life, yet if it goes undiagnosed it can rid you of so much. Find out what it is you are reacting to and begin to manage your life.
Make An Appointment
To book your allergy test at any one of our three clinics call for appointments.
Fort Worth: 817-632-5400