Allergies Specialist

Norterra Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Holistic Medicine Specialists located in Phoenix, AZ

Chronic allergy symptoms seriously interfere with your quality of life and daily function. Seek a natural solution from Norterra Family Medicine, a family medicine and integrative medicine practice. Men, women, and families in Phoenix can find relief through allergy testing and customized treatment provided by Nicole Walker, PA. Contact the office to find out more, or use the online booking agent to make an appointment.

Allergies Q&A

What are the symptoms of allergies?

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:

  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Asthma
  • Chronic cough
  • Headaches
  • Sinus and nasal congestion

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.

How are allergies treated?

The first step in treating allergies is determining the trigger. At Norterra Family Medicine, Nicole Walker, PA will perform lab work to determine what allergies you be experiencing.  Following the results, you’ll be prescribed customized allergy drops, which you administer under your tongue. Finally, relief is in sight!

What are common allergy triggers?

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:

  • Pollen and mold spores
  • Insect stings
  • Food
  • Medicines
  • Dust mites and pet dander

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.

What causes allergies?

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.

What are common food allergies?

Any food has the potential to be an allergen, but the most common foods that cause allergies are:

  • Eggs
  • Peanuts and/or tree nuts
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Milk
  • Fish and/or shellfish

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.