Allergies are the result of your immune system overreacting to some stimulus in the environment, called an allergen. Your immune system creates an antibody for the allergen, alerting your body that it’s dangerous, even though it’s not. That can lead to inflammation in your:
Different allergies manifest in different ways. Environmental allergies, such as those to pets and pollen, cause hay fever symptoms, including:
Food allergies can cause redness, hives, and a tingling in your mouth. With more severe food allergies, you may experience swelling in your face, mouth, or throat. That can lead to a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
Other allergies may impact your breathing, causing you to cough, wheeze, or experience tightness in your chest. Some allergens cause a skin response like hives or itchy rashes.
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction. It’s a life-threatening condition, and you should seek emergency care immediately if it occurs. The symptoms of anaphylaxis include:
Anaphylaxis can also lead to shock.
Using an emergency epinephrine auto-injector can temporarily reduce the symptoms of anaphylaxis. Even if your symptoms improve after the injection, it’s still vital to seek emergency care. Call 911 or head to your closest emergency room.
The way Dr. Souidi treats your allergies depends on their severity. He counsels you on recognizing your allergy triggers and limiting exposure to them; for instance, using liners on pillows and mattresses. He also discusses the use of over-the-counter allergy medications.
If your allergies are severe, Dr. Souidi may suggest prescription-strength allergy medications. In some cases, he may recommend immunotherapy or allergy shots. This method exposes you to minute amounts of purified allergens in a controlled environment, conditioning your body not to overreact.
If you’re tired of having to suffer through allergy season, find help with a board-certified physician. Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Souidi or book it online today.