Allergies affect millions of people worldwide, causing a range of symptoms from mild to severe. At American Wellness Center, we recognize the importance of understanding and managing allergies to improve our patients’ overall health and offer allergy treatment in Scottsdale.
What are Allergies?
Allergies are a type of immune system response to a substance the body mistakenly identifies as harmful. These substances are called allergens and can be found in many everyday items, such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, certain foods, and medications. When an individual with allergies comes into contact with an allergen, their immune system produces an antibody called Immunoglobulin E (IgE), triggering the release of histamine. This can lead to sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, hives, and in severe cases, anaphylaxis.
- Sneezing, runny nose, and nasal congestion
- Itchy, red, and watery eyes
- Skin rash or hives
- Swelling in the face, throat, or tongue
- Shortness of breath, wheezing, or coughing
- Anaphylaxis, which can cause difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, low blood pressure
- Digestive symptoms such as stomach cramps, diarrhea, or vomiting
Environmental & Seasonal Allergies
Seasonal allergies are common environmental allergies affecting people at different times of the year. Late winter and spring usually bring tree pollen allergies, followed by grass pollen allergies in late spring and summer. Weeds pollen allergies tend to occur in late summer and fall. Individuals may experience one, two, or all three seasonal allergies. At American Wellness Center we offer allergy treatment in Scottsdale along with treatment plans to help relieve you of your symptoms.
However, some people mistake their allergy symptoms for seasonal allergies when, in fact, they are having an allergic reaction to certain foods they eat regularly or irregularly. This continuous exposure to allergens can weaken the immune system. Contact allergies, such as pet dander, dust mites, and mold, can also be year-round and unrelated to food allergies.
Comprehensive Allergy Testing
Comprehensive allergy testing involves different methods to identify potential allergens. One common approach is a skin prick or scratch testing, where the allergist applies small amounts of suspected allergens to the forearm or upper back. A disposable pricking device introduces the allergen below the skin’s surface. After about 20 minutes, the allergist checks for an allergic reaction, which typically includes swelling or a raised bump at the site.
Personalized Allergy Treatments
At American Wellness Center, we understand that each patient’s allergy symptoms and triggers are unique. We offer personalized allergy treatment in Scottsdale tailored to meet each patient’s specific needs. These may include medications, immunotherapy, or lifestyle modifications. We work with patients to develop a treatment plan that addresses their symptoms and helps them manage their allergies effectively, and we offer ongoing education to help you avoid known allergens.
Types of Allergies:
- Environmental Allergies: These are caused by exposure to allergens present in the environment, such as pollen, dust, and animal dander. They can cause inflammation in the respiratory system, leading to symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing. Environmental allergies can also trigger asthma-like symptoms, including wheezing.
- Food Allergies: These are caused by consuming certain foods, including common allergens such as nuts, shellfish, and dairy. Symptoms of food allergies can range from mild to severe and may include nausea, stomach cramps, bloating, fatigue, and diarrhea. In severe cases, food allergies can cause anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
- Contact Allergies: These are allergies caused by contact with an allergen, such as poison ivy, bee stings, nickel, latex, or certain fragrances. Symptoms of contact allergies can include rashes, itching, bumps, and blisters. In severe cases, contact allergies can cause anaphylaxis, and medical attention should be sought immediately for allergy treatment in Scottsdale.
- Autoimmune Allergies: These are allergies caused by the body’s immune system reacting to its own tissues or substances produced by the body, such as mucus or tears. Symptoms can vary and may include hives, itching, and swelling. Treatment may involve managing the underlying autoimmune condition responsible for the symptoms.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are struggling with allergies and seeking relief, American Wellness Center is here to help. Our team of highly trained and experienced medical providers can diagnose and treat various allergies, from environmental to food allergies. We offer comprehensive allergy testing and personalized treatment plans, including immunotherapy, to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Please schedule a consultation.