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Get your allergies under control. We can help!
While milder allergy issues may not warrant treatment or may be properly controlled with the occasional over-the-counter allergy medication, some people deal with such persistent allergy symptoms that it affects their daily routine. Don’t let allergies take over. This is where our Pembroke Pines, FL, ENT doctors Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi can help you get the relief you need.
What causes an allergic reaction?
There are so many substances in our environment that while completely harmless can still trigger an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction is when the body assumes that this substance is actually a harmful foreign invader, which causes the immune system to fight back. The result is an allergic reaction. Triggers, also known as allergens, can be just about anything; however, the most common allergens include,
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Insect bites/stings
- Foods (e.g. shellfish, milk,peanuts)
What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction?
Allergy symptoms vary based on the person and the type of allergy they have. Seasonal allergies are more likely to cause symptoms akin to a cold such as,
- Wheezing or trouble breathing
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Itchy, red eyes
Other allergies such as food allergies can also lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash or abdominal pain. Symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening. If an allergy is life-threatening this can cause someone to go into anaphylaxis. This is considered a medical emergency and it’s important that you seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include,
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Sudden drop in blood pressure
- Trouble breathing
- Swelling of the throat or tongue
These symptoms often come about suddenly and without much warning.
When should I see an allergist?
If you are dealing with any of the non life-threatening symptoms above and you suspect that you might have an allergy it’s important to call our Pembroke Pines, FL, otolaryngologists for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Common treatment options include,
- Avoiding the allergen
- Making lifestyle adjustments
- Prescription medications (e.g. antihistamines; steroids)
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
If you are dealing with allergy issues then it’s time to call the ENT specialists at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving the Broward County and Hollywood, FL, areas to find out the best approach for managing your allergies. Call us at (954) 438-7171 today to schedule an appointment!