Allergies affect millions of Americans and can produce symptoms that cause mild-to-severe discomfort. Common allergy symptoms include congestion, shortness of breath, sneezing, a scratchy throat, and hives. Here at the Texas Regional Asthma and Allergy Center in Fort Worth and Southlake, TX, our experienced allergists can perform allergy tests to identify your specific allergens and develop an individualized treatment plan for you.
Allergies can be triggered by many different factors. Common allergens include pollen, dust, dander, and mold. Certain foods and medications can also cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Allergic reactions are often associated with various symptoms, including:
- Rashes or hives
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Sneezing or runny nose
- Sinus congestion
- Shortness of breath
- Scratchy throat
Allergy tests can aid in identifying specific allergens that are affecting you. Once those allergens are known, a treatment plan can be developed to help you achieve relief from allergy symptoms. Allergy tests are an effective method for identifying your particular allergens. Allergy tests often involve exposing the skin to various allergens to see if a reaction occurs. Allergic reactions are an indication that you are sensitive to a particular allergen. The experienced allergists at our offices in Fort Worth and Southlake, TX, can discuss specific allergy tests with you.
There are several effective options for treating allergies and minimizing the symptoms they produce. Two common treatments include allergy shots and sublingual allergy treatment. Both are forms of immunotherapy in which patients are exposed to small amounts of an allergen to help the body build up resistance to it. As the body increases its tolerance to the allergen, fewer allergic reactions should occur.
With allergy shots, small doses of the allergen are injected into the body. With sublingual drops, small doses of allergen extract are placed under the tongue instead of being injected. Over time, both methods help the body develop immunity to the allergen so symptoms diminish. After undergoing allergy testing, our allergists can discuss specific treatment options with you.
Getting tested for allergies is the first step in accurately identifying your specific allergens so an appropriate treatment plan can be developed for you. To undergo allergy testing, schedule an appointment with an allergist at our Fort Worth, TX, office by calling the Texas Regional Asthma and Allergy Center at (817) 421-0770. Appointments are also available at our Southlake location by calling the same number.