Allergies affect between 40 million and 50 million Americans, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. You’re probably all too familiar with the symptoms of seasonal and environmental respiratory allergies, such as:
You may also experience increased snoring and frequent upper respiratory infections.
Allergies can affect your skin and digestive tract, too. Rashes, hives, and irritable bowel-related symptoms could all signal allergic reactions to foods you eat or allergens in the air.
The first step in treating allergies is determining the trigger. At Norterra Family Medicine, Nicole Walker, PA will perform in-office allergy testing that involves a skin prick, or scratch test. Following the results, you’ll be prescribed customized allergy drops, which you administer under your tongue. Finally, relief is in sight!
Your immune system can have an abnormal reaction to things in the atmosphere or items that touch your skin, as well as foods you eat. Typical allergens include:
Your immune system is designed to deal with germs. A trigger stimulates a false alarm, so your immune system goes into overdrive and creates the respiratory, skin, or digestive symptoms you experience.
Researchers aren’t sure why some people develop allergies. It’s most likely a combination of genetics and environmental exposure. Children may outgrow allergies, but early detection of childhood allergies improves their quality of life. Allergies can also develop in adults. Whether your symptoms are mildly irritating or interfere with your daily function, Norterra Family Medicine can help you find relief.
Any food has the potential to be an allergen, but the most common foods that cause allergies are:
If you’re allergic to a food, you might experience swelling in your mouth, bloating, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Food allergies can also affect your respiratory system and skin, showing up as wheezing or rashes.
We participate with most major insurance carriers, however, some specific policies under that carrier may be under a network that we are not contracted with. The best way to ensure we are an in-network provider is to call the customer service line listed on the back of your insurance card to verify that either Dr. Kristine Sarna or Dr. Rebecca Weiss is listed as an in-network provider under TIN 26-2697154 or 46-2043762 for your specific insurance policy. We recommend that all patients verify this very important information before you schedule your appointment to prevent any unexpected amount due for your office visit.If you have any questions about this or anything about our practice, we will be happy to help you in any way we can. Just give us a call at 623-565-5060. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
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