Pediatrics & Family Medicine located in Texas City, TX & Pasadena, TX
Allergies can range from being a seasonal annoyance, to keeping you from functioning normally, to being downright life-threatening. While there is no cure for allergies, the physicians at NAG Clinics in Texas City, Texas, can help you manage them through prevention methods and treatments. Because of the potentially serious nature of allergies, NAG Clinics maintain after-hours care and an urgent care clinic. For a comprehensive treatment of allergies, call the office today or schedule your appointment online.
Allergies Q & A
What are allergies?
Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a substance that wouldn’t harm the majority of people. Your body treats these substances like they’re harmful, so when you come into contact with it, your immune system reacts by causing symptoms such as a rash, facial swelling, or hives.
What are the symptoms of allergies?
Allergies can affect all parts of your body but the main ones are your airways, skin, and nasal passages. In addition, allergic reactions can range from mild to the most severe life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis. With anaphylaxis, you experience a rapid pulse, loss of consciousness or shortness of breath.
The most common food allergies can cause symptoms including:
- Swelling of your throat, tongue or throat
- Tingling sensation in your mouth
- Swollen, pale red bumps
If you have seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever, your allergy is most likely caused by dust or pollen in the air. Your symptoms include:
- Runny and stuffy nose
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Excessive sneezing
While there are a host of different allergies and symptoms they can cause, being aware of the most common ones can help you react accordingly.
How are allergies diagnosed?
Allergies can be tricky to diagnose due to the severity of your reaction. However, if you suspect you have an allergy, the NAG Clinics team evaluates you by performing a physical exam and asking detailed questions about your symptoms. Additionally, they can have you keep a detailed list of the food you eat and any possible triggers.
The doctors and staff may perform a skin test where they expose a small area of your skin to potential allergens. If you’re allergic, a bump develops at the site of your exposed skin. If necessary, the doctors perform an allergy blood test.After one of the doctors has diagnosed you with an allergy, they recommend you avoid the specific trigger. If your allergy is severe, NAG Clinics physicians recommend you carry an emergency epinephrine shot at all times.
To find out if you have allergies or to manage your existing ones, call the physicians at NAG Clinics today or schedule your appointment online.