The Allergy Clinic
Allergists located in Houston, Pearland, and Pasadena, TX
Allergic reactions can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never had an allergy attack before and didn’t know you had an allergy. If you’re experiencing hives, rashes, or runny eyes, among other allergy issues, schedule an evaluation at The Allergy Clinic in Houston, Pasadena, or Pearland, Texas. The team of leading allergists can perform diagnostic testing to determine which allergies are affecting you and design a customized treatment plan. Book your appointment by clicking on the online scheduler, or by calling the clinic.
Allergic Reactions Q & A
What causes allergic reactions?
Every day, your immune system processes bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other invaders. Not only does your system have to figure out which particles are safe and which ones aren’t, it also has to work to destroy any substances that it deems harmful.
In some cases, often for unknown reasons, your immune system tags safe particles as dangerous. This is what happens with allergies: Your immune system starts a cascade of allergic responses to get rid of the harmless allergen. Some of the most common causes of allergic reactions are:
- Insect stings or bug bites
- Certain foods such as eggs, nuts, dairy, wheat
- Environmental allergens like pollen, grass, ragweed
- Dust mites, molds or animal dander
- Prescription or over-the-counter drugs
You’re more likely to struggle with allergies if you also have asthma or have a family history of allergies.
How do I know if I have an allergy?
The only way to know for sure if you have an allergy is to go through comprehensive allergy testing, which could include blood, skin prick, or skin patch testing, all offered at The Allergy Clinic. Generally, though, you can tell you have an allergy due to certain symptoms that occur when you’re exposed to the allergen. Signs and symptoms of allergies include:
- Itchy skin or rashes
- Widespread hives
- Red, itchy, watery eyes
- A runny or stuffy nose or sinus pressure
- Facial or throat swelling
- Uncontrollable sneezing
- Chest tightness, cough, shortness of breath, or wheezing
Allergies can become so severe that breathing becomes difficult and you lose consciousness. This condition, known as anaphylactic shock, can be life-threatening if left untreated.
Can I get treatment for allergic reactions?
Absolutely! You don’t have to live with uncomfortable and potentially life-threatening issues associated with having allergies. The team of specially trained allergists at The Allergy Clinic offers the latest diagnostic and treatment options available, so you can get the tailored care you need for your specific allergy. Your allergy treatment plan can include:
- Medications to minimize immune system reaction
- Self-administered epinephrine injections
- Sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops)
- Immunotherapy injections (allergy shots)
Your allergist will counsel you on allergen avoidance. Once they diagnose your allergies, they can teach you specific steps you need to take to avoid your known allergens and decrease your risk of future allergic reactions.
Schedule your allergic reaction evaluation at The Allergy Clinic by requesting an appointment online, or by calling your most convenient office location.
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