Although seasonal and environmental allergies are rarely dangerous, they can significantly interfere with your daily life and comfort. Dr. Victor Burgos and the team at First Keller Healthcare in Keller, Texas, aim to alleviate your symptoms through diagnostic allergy testing and safe, effective treatment for allergies. If you suspect you may be suffering from allergies, contact the team at First Keller Healthcare to schedule your consultation appointment – and the first step toward a new you – today.

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What are the signs and symptoms of allergies?

Allergy symptoms can manifest in many ways, including:

  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Watery and itchy eyes
  • Asthma
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Sinus headaches
  • Nasal polyps
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Skin rashes; eczema
  • Confusion, slow thinking, depression, forgetfulness
  • Chronic coughs, cold symptoms, or recurring bronchitis

If you’re experiencing one or more of these signs and symptoms, contact First Keller Healthcare today for an appointment.

Which allergens affect the most people?

The most common food allergens include milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, wheat, and shellfish. Common environmental allergens include pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold and mildew, and cigarette smoke.

How are allergies treated?

The first component of treatment is avoidance of the allergen whenever possible. When the allergen is a food, drug, or animal dander, avoidance is easy. But when the allergen is something that exists in the air, avoidance may not be possible.

In those cases, your provider establishes a treatment plan to:

  1. Prevent your body from reacting to the allergen
  2. Alleviate the bothersome symptoms despite a reaction

How can I find out what I’m allergic to?

Allergy testing is available at First Keller Healthcare to determine which substance causes your allergic symptoms. There are two common ways to test for allergies: a skin test or a blood test.

Because skin tests are the most sensitive and most accurate, they’re the first line of treatment. During a skin test, your provider exposes your skin to a small amount of many different allergies. By observing which one your skin reacts to, your provider can determine your allergen.

Some allergies are so severe that exposure isn’t safe; in these cases, blood is drawn and then screened for antibodies, which can indicate specific allergies.

What kind of doctor treats allergies?

Family practice physicians, primary care doctors, pediatricians, internists, and allergists are qualified to treat allergies. If your case becomes complicated, your primary care doctor may collaborate with an allergist to ensure you receive the safest, most effective treatment paired with the alleviation of your symptoms.