What is Allergy?
Allergy is the exaggerated reaction of the immune system when the body is exposed to certain substances that act as triggers. These trigger substances are called allergens.
The causes of allergy or allergens are usually common substances that we encounter in our daily life. Often, people are allergic to more than one allergen. The most common allergens are:
• Dust mites
• Pet dander
• Insect stings
The symptoms vary according to the allergy you may have. Given below are the symptoms commonly seen.
• Itchy nose, throat or ears
• Watery and itchy eyes
• Nasal congestion and or runny nose
• Sinus pressure
• Postnasal drip
• Decrease in sense of taste and smell
• Chronic cough
There are over-the-counter medications that can be taken to relive the symptoms of allergy. Allergy shots can also help. In severe cases, it is advisable to visit your doctor.
• Nasal sprays
• Allergy eye drops
• Allergy shots
The methods of prevention depends on the specific allergy you have. The measures to be taken in general are:
• Avoid the known triggers/allergens
• Keep a dairy to help you find your trigger as well as things that causes your allergy to worsen.
• Try to wear a medical bracelet at all times if you have a severe form of allergy. This will help the people around you to notify the others about your problem even you are not able to communicate.
What You Can Expect When You Visit Our Clinics
1. Stop by our front desk to visit a certified Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. No appointment is required.
2. Your medical practitioner will examine your medical background, go over your medical issues, perform an examination and supply you with an individualized plan for treatment. This might consist of non-prescription items or a medical prescription.
3. Towards the end of your visit to our clinic, your medical attendant will give you an overview, an invoice and some instructional material may be given.
4. The overview of your clinic visit can be forwarded to your primary health care provider with your authorization.