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Allergy TreatmentGilbert, AZ

Allergic reactions can be frightening for you or your loved ones, especially if you have never had the unpleasant experience of going through them before. They can cause a variety of symptoms, ranging from minor annoyances to life-threatening situations. Due to this wide-ranging spectrum of allergic reactions, professional evaluations and treatments are crucial.

Allergy treatment is available at Gilbert Physical Medicine in Gilbert, AZ and the surrounding area. Our wellness care team can help manage your allergies safely and effectively. Call us today at 480-482-4791 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.

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    Different Types of Allergies

    Allergies occur when the body comes into contact with any foreign substance the immune system identifies as harmful. During an allergy attack, the immune system produces antibodies to protect itself from the trigger. There are many different types of allergies, including seasonal allergies, food allergies, drug allergies, insect sting allergies, and more.

    A seasonal allergy is a type of allergy that corresponds with a particular season, typically spring or winter. It is associated with an increase in pollen in the air. Symptoms usually include sneezing/coughing, congestion, watery eyes, and itchiness. A food allergy is a type of allergic response that occurs after eating a specific food or drink. A drug allergy occurs when a person’s immune system is sensitive to a specific medication, causing symptoms such as nausea, difficulty breathing, and dizziness. People with an insect sting allergy are allergic to the venom from bees and other insects. Symptoms are severe, involving swelling, difficulty breathing, and itchiness.

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    How Allergic Reactions Feel

    Allergic reactions can manifest within a few minutes or hours and can vary in severity. Possible symptoms may include itching and swelling of the face, tongue, throat, and other body parts. It is not uncommon for allergy attacks to exacerbate asthma or negatively affect the gastrointestinal system. These symptoms can include nausea, stomach pain, stomach cramping, vomiting, or diarrhea.

    The most severe allergic reaction is anaphylaxis, which involves a combination of symptoms, including wheezing and gasping, hives, swelling, and stomach problems. The severe symptoms can severely affect the body and lead to dangerously low blood pressure, heart problems, and even death.

    How Our Practitioners Diagnose Allergies

    When treating an allergy, our care team’s priority is to determine what the patient is allergic to and the severity of their symptoms. The practitioner will look at the patient’s airway and ability to breathe, making sure to look out for the characteristic swelling seen in vital areas like the lips, tongue, and throat. They will also look for skin symptoms like itchiness, redness, or swelling.

    We will typically draw blood to run any necessary labs and ask the patient detailed questions. Patients should take special care to disclose any:

    • Exposures. Any substance that the patient could have eaten, injected, or somehow might have encountered before experiencing their allergies.
    • Physical activity and environment. Extreme temperatures and physical activity may trigger anaphylaxis.
    • Timing. The period between the substance and the beginning of the patient’s symptoms.

    For optimal treatment, patients should be as forthcoming as possible about any potentially relevant information. This will allow us to make the most accurate possible diagnosis while maximizing the patient’s chances of a speedy recovery and minimizing symptoms.

    How Chiropractic Physicians Can Treat Allergic Reactions

    The right allergy treatment varies for each patient depending on the cause and symptom severity. For patients with a severe allergic reaction, an epi-pen is essential so they can receive epinephrine. Severe reactions are a medical emergency and require a call to 911.

    If the allergic reaction is less severe, there are more treatment options that we will explore with the patient. Our goal is to pursue natural and conservative treatments, such as identifying the allergen so that the patient may avoid it. We provide attractive options for patients who wish to avoid prescription drugs. Although there is no cure for allergies, we can help patients relieve their symptoms and advise them on avoiding allergy triggers.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I outgrow an allergy?

    It is possible to outgrow allergies, especially for children. Immunotherapy is also an option for those who want to try a form of exposure therapy. Though immunotherapy will not cure the allergy, it may alleviate future symptoms.

    Do I have allergies or a cold?

    Seasonal allergies often share many symptoms with the common cold: congestion, fatigue, headache, runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Allergy symptoms manifest all at once. Additionally, cold symptoms will typically last up to 10 days, whereas allergy symptoms will remain until the patient has been removed from the allergen.

    Is stress linked to allergies?

    Yes. Though not a causal factor, stress can exacerbate allergic reactions by increasing histamine levels in the bloodstream. Allergy symptoms may multiply as a result.

    Who develops allergies?

    Anyone can have allergies. They are more common in children, but they can still manifest at any age. It is not uncommon for allergies to recur after years of remission.

    How common are allergies?

    Allergies are widespread across the United States. According to a 2020 study, an estimated 100 million Americans suffer from allergies. They are one of the most common chronic diseases in the country.

    Call Us Today

    Allergy treatment is available at Gilbert Physical Medicine in Gilbert, AZ and the surrounding area. We can help you manage your symptoms. Call us today at 480-482-4791 to make an appointment or to learn more about our services.

    Gilbert Physical Medicine is located at 725 W Elliot Rd Suite #115 Gilbert, AZ 85233.

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