Our board-certified Austin allergists have the knowledge and training to properly diagnose, treat and manage allergies
Your immune system exists to protect you from illness and infection. It works by producing antibodies to combat any organisms that invade your body. Allergies happen as a result of your immune system overreacting or mistakenly identifying something that should be harmless, such as pollen, dust mites or pet dander, as an invading organism.
For example, when substances enter your system, if you have an allergy to that trigger, your immune system will react to it by producing Immunoglobulin E also as IgE antibodies. This causes your cells to release histamine, a chemical, along with other chemical substances. This in turn causes allergic reactions and allergy symptoms. Our Austin allergists have the specialized training needed to make an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan for all types of allergies in children and adults.
From common allergy symptoms to anaphylaxis
When you breathe allergens in from the air, your symptoms usually affect your eyes, nose and lungs. If the allergen is something that you eat, you may feel the effects in your mouth or get a skin rash. Food allergies can also cause symptoms in the stomach and intestines or asthma-type symptoms, and they have also been linked to eczema in children.
Our Austin allergists also want patients to know that, left untreated, allergies can cause or worsen asthma or make children susceptible to recurrent sinus infections. Treating the underlying allergy often resolves the resulting asthma, and greatly reduces the number of sinus infections requiring antibiotics.
Anaphylaxis is a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction that usually occurs as a result of reactions to foods, insect stings, medications and latex. If you or a family member experience severe breathing difficulty, loss of consciousness or low blood pressure due to exposure to an allergen, seek immediate medical care and call 911. This condition can be fatal.
When to see an Austin allergist
Our Austin allergists recommend that you see a board-certified specialist when you feel like allergies affect your quality of life. You should schedule an appointment if:
- Allergies are causing other symptoms, such as repeated sinus infections, stuffy nose or difficulty breathing.
- If nasal congestion, cough or asthma-like symptoms interfere with your sleep, work or studies.
- Hay fever or other allergy symptoms last for several months of the year.
- Antihistamines and other over-the-counter medications do not control your allergy symptoms or cause side effects, such as drowsiness.
- Asthma or allergies interfere with your day-to-day activities or quality of life.
- You have the warning signs of asthma. These may include a wheeze or cough, especially at night or during exercise, shortness of breath or a tight feeling in the chest.
- You need to confirm or diagnose a food allergy.
- You have had a severe reaction to an ant bite or flying insect sting.
- You have had an anaphylactic reaction to anything that is not diagnosed
When allergies negatively impact your life, turn to our Austin allergists for the compassion and care you need to breathe free again
With their skilled diagnostic and treatment techniques, our experienced Austin allergists are your best defense against allergies. Contact us today for an appointment.