When you suffer from allergies, they can keep you from enjoying your active life. You may dread going outside in the spring and summer months. You may also get a pet, only to find you have a pet allergy. Your allergy doctor has several effective ways of dealing with allergies, including allergy shots and immunotherapy.
The providers at Texas Regional Asthma & Allergy Center Southlake, and Fort Worth, TX, offer a wide range of allergy and asthma services, including allergy shots and immunotherapy.
What You Need To Know About Allergies and Allergy Treatment
Allergies are caused by exposure to an allergen. Common allergens include:
- Trees and grasses
- Flower and plant pollens
- Dust and dust mites
- Mold and mildew
- Animal and pet dander
When you are exposed to these allergens, you may experience:
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Sneezing and coughing
- A runny nose or congestion
- Difficulty breathing
- A skin rash
Allergy shots provided by your allergist are an effective way of treating allergies. They work over time by desensitizing your body to the allergen, eventually reducing or eliminating the symptoms.
Our allergist will administer the injections at regular intervals. Each injection contains small amounts of the allergen. After each injection, your immune system reacts to the allergen, helping your body become accustomed to the allergen. Eventually, your body can tolerate the allergen, and your symptoms will be reduced or eliminated.
For effective management of allergies, it’s also important to:
- Place allergy or HEPA filters in your house, especially your bedroom
- Vacuum or replace carpeting with hardwood floors
- Use hypoallergenic pillowcases and bedding
- Keep pets from coming into your bedroom and off furniture
- Close windows and doors in spring and summer to reduce pollen exposure
Want To Know More?
To find out more about allergy testing, management, and treatment, including allergy shots, talk with an expert. Call Drs. Leon, Shakouri, and Ruiz-Huidobro at Texas Regional Asthma & Allergy Center Southlake, and Fort Worth, TX. You can reach them in the office by calling (817) 421-0770, so call today.