Allergies impact over 20% of Americans and can lead to:
- Respiratory complications
- And much more
Daily symptoms like congestion, sneezing, headaches, and watery eyes are among the less intense but can quickly impact your quality of life.
For something so common, many patients don’t:
- Have a basic understanding of allergies
- Know their complications
- Understand the dangers of leaving them untreated
- Know treatment options
Patient education is just as important as helping patients feel their best, so we hope if you suffer from allergies, you’ll find some useful information throughout this article. Here’s our simple guide to allergies for patients.
One thing we would like to point out before moving forward is for this article, we will not be discussing food allergies. Rather, focusing on seasonal, chronic, and environmental induced allergies.
What Are Allergies?
First things first – let’s get clear on what allergies really mean. Allergies are simply reactions caused by our immune systems in response to environmental substances.
These reactions occur due to various stimulants, also known as allergens, which range from:
- Insect stings
The reactions may affect one or various parts of the body in varying forms of severity; such as:
- Nose and eyes
- Airways and lungs
- Entire body through the blood vessels
Why Do I Need an Expert for My Allergy Treatment?
Many patients believe that allergy treatments consist of simply popping an antihistamine and going on with your day. And while this certainly works for some people, it’s not the only or even the best solution sometimes.
Additionally, just because allergies impact so many people, it doesn’t mean that there is a single treatment that will work for everyone. At OneLife Medical Center, we know the importance of tailoring treatment plans for our patients, and the same values extend to allergies as well.
When you come to OneLife Medical Center and meet with our team of allergy and immunology experts, we can do the following for you:
- Accurately diagnose
- Pinpoint the root cause of your discomfort
- Establish a personalized plan to restore your health
- Provide you with resources to minimize symptoms
One of the ways we can accomplish all of the above is by going through a comprehensive look at your medical history and spending more time with you in the discovery process of our consultation.
We will paint the big picture of your health so that we can craft the most effective treatment plan for your needs.
Common Allergy FAQs
It’s difficult to go into specifics of allergy symptoms and treatments without seeing a patient first. However, here are some of the most common questions we get about allergies and hope you’ll find some of this information helpful.
When is Allergy Season?
Every year once someone in the office starts sneezing or coughing, it’s inevitable that someone will mention “allergy season.” But what does that really mean?
Allergy season really depends on where you live and what you’re allergic to, but in general, we can pinpoint three times of year that are rough for outdoor allergies: spring, summer, and fall.
How Can I Prepare for Allergy Season?
Most people think stocking up Benadryl is their only option, but there are a few essential steps to take to ensure you don’t let allergies take control.
- Get a proper diagnosis
- Minimize exposure to allergens through cleaning and observing allergen forecasts
- Follow your treatment plan accordingly
How Do I Know It’s a Cold and Not Allergies?
Cold symptoms usually resolve in one to two weeks, whereas allergies will persist for weeks and typically occur immediately upon exposure to an allergen.
Additionally, allergies will cause clear nasal discharge, and cold will likely cause a yellowish discharge. If you’re not sure about your symptoms, it’s always best to contact your doctor.
Can My Allergy Be Cured?
Allergies cannot be cured, but they can be treated and managed in a way that allows you to live your life fully. Collaborate with our team of experts to learn more about how to control your allergies.
If I Move to a Different Place Will My Allergies Go Away?
It is highly unlikely that your allergies will go away or that you will not be allergic to plants in your new area.
What is “Hypoallergenic”?
This means a product is less likely to trigger an allergic reaction but does not guarantee that a reaction won’t occur. Depending on your specific allergies and triggers, your immunologist can walk you through certain hypoallergenic products that may benefit you.
Good Starting Point
We hope these answers have given you a good starting point for understanding your allergies. If you have more questions that you don’t see above, feel free to get in touch with our team – we’re here to help!
Don’t let allergies take control of your life! Schedule your assessment with our allergy experts to learn about what treatment options are right for you.
Studies have shown that allergy immunotherapy can result in a 70-80% improvement in the quality of life. Together we can customize a plan focused on preventing and controlling symptoms so that you can live your best life!
OneLife Medical is Here for You
We’re here to help you find the most effective treatment for your allergies so that you can live your best life. You only live once, live well!
When you visit OneLife Medical, we will listen to you and work together to uncover the root of your health problems.
Schedule your consultation today, so we can craft the best plan of care so that you can look, feel, and live your best life!