Knowing When to See an Allergist
If you suffer from seasonal or perennial allergies that interfere with your daily life or if you suffer from food allergies, drug allergies, or stinging insect allergies and are at risk of anaphylaxis, you should visit an allergy doctor or allergy specialist regularly. Here are some of the situations in which you should visit an allergist near you for allergy testing and allergy treatment.
Your Allergies Interfere with Your Daily Life
Allergy symptoms can significantly interfere with your daily life. Some signs that you may need allergy treatment are that your allergies are contributing to chronic sinus infections, asthma, nasal congestion, headaches, eye irritation, chronic cough, or breathing difficulty. Also, see an allergist if your over-the-counter medications aren’t effective or actually make you feel worse.
You’re at Risk for Anaphylaxis
Food allergies, particularly peanut allergies, as well as drug allergies and stinging insect allergies, can all cause anaphylaxis if you consume or are stung by your allergen. An allergist can help you manage your allergies, and can provide prevention education, which will help you avoid contact with and exposure to your allergens. This can decrease your risk of suffering from anaphylaxis.
You Aren’t Sure What is Causing Your Severe Allergy Symptoms
Often, people suffer from allergy symptoms for a long time without knowing the exact cause. When you visit an allergy doctor, you will be given comprehensive allergy skin testing, which will determine the specific cause of your symptoms. Once your allergist has identified the cause of your allergies, he can begin allergy treatment, possibly including immunotherapy, to reduce your symptoms.
If you’re looking for a board certified allergist, schedule an appointment at Allergy & Asthma Specialists with offices in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, Jenkintown, Doylestown, King of Prussia, Lansdale, Collegeville, and Pottstown. Our allergy and asthma specialists can provide allergy testing and allergy treatments that will help you manage your symptoms and resume your normal activities. To schedule an appointment with an allergist at one of our many convenient locations, call us today at 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2.