|About Family Allergy & Asthma|
Scot Snodgrass MD
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What are Allergies and how do they affect you?
You're probably all too familiar with the symptoms of allergies. If so, you're among the more than 50 million Americans that suffer from seasonal allergies. Get more information on what type of allergens affect you.
Diagnosing Allergic Diseases
People with allergy symptoms, such as the runny nose of allergic rhinitis, may at first suspect they have a cold--but the "cold" lingers on. It is important to see a doctor about any respiratory illness that lasts longer than a week or two. When it appears that the symptoms are caused by an allergy, the patient should see a physician who understands the diagnosis and treatment of allergies.
Treatment Options for Allergies
Although there is no cure for allergies, doctors can use a variety of approaches to provide varying degrees of relief from allergy symptoms. Allergies are often treated with a three-tier approach, avoidance, medication, and immunotherapy. Patients who can avoid the trigger of their allergies or if the usual doses of allergy medications can control their symptoms may not need immunotherapy. Immunotherapy also called allergy shots, have been proven effective against inhalant allergies and stinging insect allergies and may be recommended if the patient’s allergies are not under control.