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Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy

Allergies are caused by the body’s immune system misclassifying harmless substances as potentially dangerous.

When the body comes in contact with the allergen either by ingesting, inhaling or touching the skin, an allergic reaction occurs producing any number of symptoms such as a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, wheezing and skin irritations.  If you want to know more about allergy testing then you can pop over to http://allergyandasthmaconsultants.com/allergy-asthma-patient-services/.

Pollens are the most common cause of allergy symptoms followed by Animal dander. Dust mites and insect bites are the next most common and mold rounds out the topmost common allergy triggers.

Determining a patient’s allergies is not difficult; skin tests are the most common method of testing for allergies. Skin tests involve putting very small amounts of allergens on the skin; the body will respond to the allergens the individual is allergic to.

People with mild allergies may find that over the counter allergy medications are enough to deal with the symptoms. Individuals with more annoying cases may want to try prescription allergy medication or seek a more potentially permanent solution with immunotherapy.

Allergy shots work in a similar fashion as other immunizations; small amounts of the allergen are introduced into the body, the body over time gets used to the allergen and stops reacting to it.