offered in Ewing, Hamilton Township, Brick Township, Robbinsville and Matawan, NJ
Allergies affect a significant number of individuals, with up to 50 million Americans being affected by this common health issue. At AZZ Medical Associates, located in Brick Township, Hamilton Township, and Ewing, New Jersey, our primary care providers specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies. Following a comprehensive examination and bloodwork, they can provide personalized treatment recommendations. Contact the nearest office today to inquire about allergy treatment or conveniently schedule an appointment online.
Allergies manifest when your immune system perceives harmless proteins, such as pet hair, pollen, or dust, as potentially life-threatening invaders. In response, your immune system generates immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies and releases histamine, a chemical that provokes a wide range of uncomfortable to hazardous symptoms.
The severity of allergies can vary significantly. While some individuals experience minor respiratory issues, others may encounter a potentially life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis.
Common manifestations of allergies encompass the following symptoms:
– Nausea and vomiting
– Swelling in the mouth, throat, tongue, or face
– Runny, congested, or itchy nose
– Watery eyes
In cases of severe allergic reactions, individuals may encounter additional symptoms, such as shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, or a sudden decrease in blood pressure.
If you experience recurrent sinus infections, nasal congestion, or difficulties in breathing that impact your daily activities, it is advisable to schedule an appointment at AZZ Medical Associates. This is especially crucial if your symptoms interfere with your work or routine tasks.
At AZZ Medical Associates, your healthcare provider thoroughly reviews your medical records and inquires about your symptoms and lifestyle. They conduct a comprehensive physical examination and arrange various types of allergy testing, including:
This examination involves analyzing a sample of your blood to determine the presence of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. Elevated levels of IgE in your blood can indicate allergies.
Skin prick test:
During this procedure, your AZZ Medical Associates provider lightly pricks your skin with different allergens. If you are allergic to a particular substance, a welt or localized reaction may occur at the site of the prick.
The treatment approach for allergies is determined by the severity of your symptoms and their impact on your quality of life. At AZZ Medical Associates, a combination of trigger avoidance and prescription medications is typically recommended. Your provider may prescribe:
– Nasal sprays
– Asthma medication
– Nasal saline irrigation
If these treatments fail to provide long-term relief, immunotherapy might be a beneficial option. Immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, involves controlled exposure to safe amounts of specific allergens, aiding in the development of increased immunity.
While it is not possible to prevent allergies entirely, you can adopt measures to minimize exposure to triggers that exacerbate your symptoms. For instance, if you have allergies to animal hair and own pets, it is crucial to regularly vacuum and launder your belongings.
Contact AZZ Medical Associates today to seek allergy treatment or conveniently schedule an appointment online.
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