Allergies are caused by an overreaction of the human immune system. A healthy immune system differentiates harmful invaders from harmless substances, while a hypersensitive immune system sometimes makes mistakes. A hypersensitive immune system identifies certain harmless substances as harmful and initiates an immune response, resulting in allergy symptoms.
Common seasonal allergy symptoms include nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy nose, watering eyes, wheezing, cough, and itchy eyes. Some patients with severe seasonal allergies also experience headaches, a feeling of fogginess, difficulty sleeping, and shortness of breath.
Symptoms of a severe food or medication reactions differ from seasonal allergy symptoms and may include hives, swelling of the face or lips, itching, racing heart, and difficulty breathing. A severe allergic reaction to food or medication requires emergency medical treatment.
Over-the-counter medications usually treat patients suffering from seasonal allergies. When over-the-counter medications prove ineffective, the healthcare providers at Seacoast Medical Associates administer treatment at certain intervals over a period of 3-5 years to help reduce the body’s reaction to allergens. Patients seek guidance from a qualified primary care provider to ensure the treatment targets the underlying cause of the allergy.
Patients receive diagnostic allergy testing at Seacoast Medical Associates. Allergy testing uncovers the allergens behind both seasonal allergies and food or drug allergies, allowing the patient to take measures to avoid their allergens when possible. Allergy testing also gives the provider the information needed to effectively treat the patient.
Seacoast Medical Associates offers allergy shots via scheduled primary care appointments or visits to the walk-in clinic to provide maximum convenience for busy patients. Call Seacoast Medical Associates or schedule an appointment online to get control of your allergies!
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