Allergy symptoms can range from mild to severe and affect multiple systems, including your respiration, skin, and digestion. At the otolaryngology practice of James C. Yee, MD, in Folsom and Carmichael, California, Dr. Yee provides comprehensive allergy testing and treatment to help you find relief. Call one of the locations or schedule an appointment using this website to have your allergies addressed today.
When you refer to allergies, you may mean seasonal allergies that pop up during pollen and mold season. Your immune system may also react to a number of other things, including pet dander, dust, other pollutants, and food.
When your immune system comes in contact with allergens, it has a heightened reaction — creating symptoms such as sneezing, rash, or digestive upset.
Asthma can develop as a result of allergies, a form known as allergic asthma, or occur on its own. This chronic lung disease interferes with your ability to breathe. Symptoms can develop due to allergens, stress, or infections.
Allergies and asthma have similar symptoms. Allergies affect your sinuses and airway, as well as your skin and gastrointestinal tract; asthma is limited to the lungs. You can’t cure asthma or allergies, but you can manage the symptoms with expert treatment from Dr. Yee.
If you suspect you have an allergy to pollen, food, or pets, certain symptoms may confirm. Allergy symptoms are usually chronic or related to a season or certain trigger. The following can indicate an allergy:
A fever usually accompanies allergies unless they’ve progressed to a sinus infection. Other signs include a persistent rash or digestive issues.
If Dr. Yee reviews your symptoms and suspects allergies, he may recommend allergy testing. A simple skin test is commonly used to check for allergies. Dr. Yee pricks your skin slightly and applies a liquid version of the suspected allergen onto the site. He then monitors the site for a reaction, such as itching, swelling, or redness. You can test for several allergies at one time.
This type of skin testing is most effective for allergies to airborne substances, such as pollen. You may need a skin test if a food allergy is suspected, as well as blood tests for confirmation.
In people who can’t have a skin test due to a potentially severe reaction, a blood test is possible. People who take antihistamines may also be better off with a blood test for their allergies.
Dr. Yee provides a comprehensive treatment plan to help get you relief from your allergy and/or asthma symptoms. Oral and inhaled medications may be offered.
Another effective way to control allergies is to simply avoid triggers. Dr. Yee can help you identify your personal triggers and devise ways to avoid them, such as using air conditioning, avoiding outdoor exercise during peak allergen times, and limiting exposure to pet dander.
To get an expert assessment and care for allergies, call the office of James C. Yee, MD, or schedule online today.