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Allergic reactions can occur after being exposed to a substance, your body identities are harmful, even though the substance is harmless. Your allergy doctor can determine what types of allergens are triggering an allergic reaction.
Normally your immune system reacts to a harmful substance as an invader. An immune response is triggered in order to protect the body, and certain chemicals are released, such as histamine. Histamine can play an important role in your body’s natural defenses. But in the case of allergies, the substance the body views as harmful is harmless, and the histamines released cause typical allergy symptoms.
On your first visit with an allergist, the doctor will ask what type of allergy symptoms you have been experiencing. Allergy symptoms and allergic reactions may range from mild to severe and can even be life threatening. Allergic reactions can affect various systems of the body. For example, allergic rhinitis often causes symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes. Symptoms may be seasonal or year-round.
In other instances, allergic reactions may primarily cause symptoms related to the eyes. When this occurs, the condition is called allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic reactions may include itchy, watery eyes. Eyes may also become red or swollen.
Skin reactions may also be a symptom of an allergy. Hives or a rash can develop in some people after coming in contact with an allergen or after eating certain foods or taking certain medications. In more serious allergic reactions, symptoms may include chest tightness, wheezing, swelling of the throat and difficulty breathing.
Your allergy doctor will determine what type of treatment is best for your particular allergy and symptoms. Treatments may include over the counter medication and prescription decongestants and antihistamines. In some cases, allergy shots may be recommended in order to decrease your sensitivity to a particular allergen.
You don’t have to worry about allergic reactions or suffering from allergy symptoms. Getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan is the first step. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best allergy doctor in New York City.