Allergies Specialist

PrimeMD

Primary Care Practice & Pain Management located in Lancaster, Lancaster, OH & Westerville, OH

Whether your allergy causes watery eyes, constant sneezing, skin problems, or digestive upsets, it's bound to take its toll. If you have allergies, contact your local PrimeMD office in North Columbus, Newark, Lancaster, Westerville, Kenton, Marion, Wilmington, Dublin, or New Albany, Ohio. The expert medical teams can determine what's causing your allergy and find the treatment that works for you. Call PrimeMD today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment by completing the online form.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies come in various forms, some primarily affecting the respiratory system, while others cause skin problems or gastrointestinal symptoms. The problems arise when you breathe in or come into physical contact with an allergen – a substance that triggers allergies.

Common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Peanuts
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Eggs
  • Shellfish
  • Milk
  • Insect stings
  • Latex
  • Penicillin

The origin of an allergy lies in your immune system, which protects you from bacteria, viruses, and other invading microorganisms that might make you sick.

When it's working as it should, your immune system is highly effective in preventing and dealing with diseases. However, in some people, harmless or virtually harmless substances trigger an overreaction in the immune system that causes a range of unpleasant symptoms.

What symptoms do allergies cause?

The allergy symptoms you experience vary to an extent according to the way your body reacts. Some of the most widespread symptoms of allergies include:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Watery eyes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Swelling
  • Rashes

Substances you breathe in tend to cause respiratory symptoms, while allergens that touch your skin usually cause rashes and swelling. If your body reacts to something you eat, you could experience digestive problems. Allergies can also cause an asthma attack.

While these symptoms are mainly a nuisance rather than being dangerous, some people have severe allergies that can result in anaphylaxis. If that happens, your tongue could swell and block your airway, your blood pressure could drop, and you might lose consciousness. Without emergency treatment, anaphylaxis can be fatal.

What treatments can help with allergies?

For the PrimeMD team to treat your allergies effectively, they first need to confirm exactly what you're allergic to. That typically involves one or more tests, a common example being the pinprick test. Your provider makes a tiny scratch on your skin and applies a potential allergen. They then measure the skin's reaction to isolate your allergens.

Confirming your allergies also enables you to avoid exposure, which can play a key role in preventing allergic reactions. For example, staying in or wearing protection if the pollen count is high or making sure you don't eat any products containing food you're allergic to.

There are several types of medications for allergies. Some, like antihistamines, ease your symptoms; others change your immune system response. One option for non-food allergies is immunotherapy, where your provider at PrimeMD exposes you to regulated doses of an allergen to gradually reduce your body's overreaction. 

For prompt and effective treatment of allergies, call your local PrimeMD office today or book an appointment online.