More than 50 million people in the United States have allergies. Finding out what you are allergic to is an important first step to effective allergy treatment. Today allergy tests are more convenient and accurate than ever before. When combined with a detailed medical history, allergy testing can identify the specific things that trigger your allergic reactions.
What are allergies?
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.
What are the symptoms of allergies?
The most common symptoms are a runny nose and sneezing, though allergies can affect the body in many ways. You may miss diagnose your allergies and treat something that is not the true cause. Other possible symptoms of allergies include wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, rashes, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting and even fever.
How can T Off Men’s Health help?
We can perform a quick, simple test that covers 72 environmental and food allergies to help diagnose what it is you are reacting to, then create a specific treatment plan to allow you to not only manage your allergies but gain long-lasting relief from them. Our goal is to empower you to know what it is that is causing your allergic reaction and get you functioning at your peak performance. Our allergy tests and treatments are as follows:
• 30-minute scratch test – Skin tests use extracts — a concentrated liquid form — of common allergens like pollen, mold, dust mites, animal dander, and 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.
• 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.
• Allergy Injections – Allergy shots essentially help your body to cope better with allergens in the environment. Allergy shots also called “immunotherapy,” may work for you if 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.
Are you experiencing allergies this spring season? Are you ready to take control of your health and feel great again?
At T Off Men’s Health, we pride ourselves on fast, premium quality services in a comfortable atmosphere. No more long waits in a stuffy doctors office, no more going from one specialist to another. We are designed for the fast pace of a busy and highly productive man’s life. To serve you best we have three convenient locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. To book an appointment contact us at 817-632-5400.
T Off Men’s Health is here to get you back in control of your health and feeling your best.