What Are Allergies?
Allergies happen when your immune system reacts to a substance that it views as harmful. Common allergens (triggers) include pollen, mold, animal dander, latex, certain foods and insect stings. Allergy symptoms range from mild to severe. They can affect your airways, sinuses, nasal passages, eyes, skin and digestive system.
An allergy test shows how your body responds to specific substances. There are a variety of ways to test for allergens. Your ENT specialist will discuss which test is best for you, based on your symptoms. Compared to allergy tests sold online or in drugstores, the tests available from a doctor are much more reliable. Ask your doctor about allergy testing for adults and children as young as 6 years old.
Based on the results of your allergy test, your doctor will come up with a game plan to help you avoid things you’re allergic to and reduce your body’s reaction to them. You may benefit from small doses of allergens delivered through shots or drops taken under the tongue. Over time, your immune system learns to respond less to these triggers, and you experience fewer symptoms.
By getting treatment, you may improve your energy level and avoid sinus infections and chronic bronchitis. If you have asthma, allergy treatment can also prevent the condition from getting worse.