Allergies impact the daily lives of many people. An allergy is the reaction of the body’s immune system to certain foods, bee venom, or even pet dander. At Salt Lake Clinic, we know that allergies can make life miserable. We have doctors and staff who are committed to helping you manage your allergies and get the best treatment available. We provide consultation, testing, treatment, and continuing care for allergies. In addition, we also provide testing and treatment for immune system disorders.
Most allergens are harmless to the general population. Common allergens include: pollen (trees, weeds, and grasses), mold, dust mites, animals (pet dander), insect bites and stings, chemicals, latex, medicines, and food. Foods most likely to cause allergies include milk, soy, wheat, eggs, seafood, tree nuts, and peanuts.
Allergic reactions vary from one individual to another. Some reactions are just a minor irritation and others can be life-threatening (anaphylaxis). The allergen type and amount influence the way your body may react to the allergen. How you come into contact with the allergen can also influence the severity and type of allergic reaction you experience. Common symptoms of an allergic reaction can include: runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, trouble breathing, skin rash or hives, upset stomach or cramps, and diarrhea.
Treatment and Self Care
Many patients are disappointed when they learn that allergies cannot be cured. Some children may outgrow allergies, but most patients find that they need to learn how to manage their allergies on a long-term basis. A visit to our Allergy/Immunology Department at Salt Lake Clinic is a good place to start allergy management. Visiting with one of our doctors can tell you how to ease your symptoms. In some cases, our doctors may prescribe medication or allergy shots.
In general, the easiest way to avoid having an allergic reaction is to stay away from things you are allergic to. For example, those allergic to pollen should stay indoors during pollen season and pet owners should keep pets out of the bedroom if they are allergic to pet dander.
Know When to See a Doctor
Some allergic reactions can be life threatening. If you are experiencing trouble breathing or swallowing, coughing or vomiting, or dizzy spells you should call 911 or visit your local emergency room. See your doctor if you body reacts strongly to a bite or sting, or you have a bad reaction to food or medicine.
Call us at (385) 282-2750 for more information about Allergy Care at Salt Lake Clinic.
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