Allergies

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Bronx Park Urgent Medical Care

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Allergies Specialist
Allergies are not only irritating, but they can interfere with living life to its fullest. When allergies cause sniffling, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, headaches, and other issues, the team at Bronx Park Urgent Medical Care in Bronx, New York, is ready to help their patients with prompt and effective treatment solutions.

Allergies Q & A

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What are the signs of an allergic reaction?

During an allergic reaction, there are many potential symptoms, including:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchiness
  • Gasping for breath
  • Skin redness
  • Skin rashes
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness: In severe allergic reactions

What are allergic triggers?

An allergic reaction can happen at nearly any time, and the trigger can be anything from dust to chemicals to a specific food. The most common allergy triggers are grouped into three basic categories:

  • Environmental: House dust, pollen, and animal dander
  • Skin: Lotion, detergent, makeup, any type of chemicals or anything that touches the skin
  • Food: Food allergy triggers can include virtually any food, with nut allergies being one common example

Why do allergies happen?

It's common to blame things like pollen in the air or animal dander for allergic reactions, but not every person has a bad reaction to those things.

In some people, their immune system starts trying to fight off harmless substances because it perceives them as dangerous. A large amount of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies are deployed in this effort to fight off a perceived allergen. The sudden influx of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies is accompanied by extra production of mast cell chemicals including histamines. All of this comes together to cause allergic symptoms that can make life miserable.

What is the allergy testing process?

There are several different allergy testing processes.

In the "prick test," very tiny pricks are made in the skin to allow for small amounts of potential allergens to be applied into the holes. The reaction on the skin indicates whether an allergy is present. Prick tests can check for allergic reactions to the environment, reactions to foods, and reactions to chemicals and substances.

Another option is called patch testing, in which a potential allergen is applied directly to the skin using an adhesive patch. This kind of testing is most often done if a skin allergy is suspected.

Both tests allow for the testing of a number of possible allergens at one time.

How are allergies treated?

Treatment depends on the specific patient and their individual allergies. Some of the most common treatments include: allergy shots, allergy medication, and lifestyle changes designed to minimize access to the triggers.

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