Roughly 7.8% of Americans over the age of 18 have hay fever, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. In two offices in Chandler, Arizona, Dr. Richard Le and the Fountains Family Care team provide a number of allergy testing and treatment methods, including the proven-successful immunotherapy to reduce allergy symptoms. What’s causing your allergies? If bothersome allergies are getting in the way of your life, treatment can help. Call or click to book online and visit Fountains Family Care.
Some of the most common allergy triggers include:
Allergy testing determines what allergens are causing your reactions and the severity of those reactions. Your Fountains provider can help you decide which testing is best for you. Some people with more sensitive skin might not be suitable for a skin test.
A blood test measures the presence of antibodies in your blood and can be conveniently performed in your Fountains Family Care office.
There are two types of skin testing. With the pricking method, your Fountains provider applies an extract of allergens to your skin, lightly pricking the skin to allow a gentle exposure to the allergen.
With intradermal skin testing, your Fountains provider injects a minor amount of the allergen into the outer layer of your skin to prompt a reaction that can be evaluated and monitored.
A food elimination test is a way for you to control what you eat to help determine which foods might be triggering your allergies. It involves you keeping a food diary and eliminating certain key foods from your diet on a customized plan. You detail your reactions and symptoms during a certain time period following your consumption of the key foods.
Medications are focused on decreasing inflammation, preventing allergic reactions, and blocking histamine receptors.
Allergy immunotherapy involves a series of injections containing small doses of certain allergens that are administered over time.
The dosage is gradually increased during the initial treatment phase as your body begins to develop a tolerance to the allergens, reducing your reactions.
Then, in the maintenance phase, the dosage stays the same but there is more time in between treatments as you finalize the therapy.
You’re essentially desensitized to the allergens through repeated exposure to small doses of them, similar to the concept of traditional vaccines.
Since it can be difficult to avoid certain triggers in the environment, immunotherapy can provide much-needed relief by targeting allergies at the source and ensuring that even if you do become exposed, you experience little to no symptoms.
Take control of your allergies and schedule your consultation online or call Fountains Family Care.