Allergies are becoming more and more prevalent in the United States, and billions of dollars are spent each year on over the counter allergy treatments and medications alone. Allergies of course can cause the classic symptoms of hay fever: sneezing, an itchy, runny, stuffy nose and watery or itchy eyes, but allergies can also affect the throat, skin, ears, lungs and gastrointestinal tract as well. Hoarseness, eczema, asthma and GI issues are all included in the list of symptoms for allergies. Some symptoms more common in children with allergies include a stubborn cough that’s triggered when your child runs or laughs, wheezing caused by cold air, humidity, exercise, or eczema appearing in the infant’s first year. Allergies can affect people of all ages, however, and they can also show up later in life even if you didn’t experience them growing up.MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
In order to diagnose your allergy symptoms we will begin with a detailed assessment, focusing on allergy triggers such as pollen, molds, animal dander, and foods. We will discuss your living and work environment to see if there are any triggers there that could be removed or eliminated. We will also ask about your family history because many times allergies are passed down through genetics. Certain symptoms, such as wheezing, hoarseness, eczema, or gastrointestinal issues can be mistaken as a cold or virus when they are actually caused by allergies. Depending on our findings during our initial assessment, we will either recommend a skin allergy test or a blood allergy test. Skin testing is the most common, but a blood test may be ordered of there is a severe skin rash present or if the patient is on a medication that would interfere with the results of the skin test.