From environmental and seasonal elements to food and pet triggers, allergies can be caused by a variety of elements, especially when it comes to children's allergies. While over-the-counter medications and avoiding triggering materials can relieve mild symptoms, severe and potentially life-threatening allergies will require medical treatment and management. Fortunately, Dr. Pankaj Gupta of Wake Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists & Wake Sinus Center in Cary, NC, offers allergy testing and treatment to all of his patients—read on to learn if you should come into the office for a visitation.
Q: What causes allergies?
A: An allergic reaction occurs when the body identifies common allergens like mold, pollen, dust, or pet dander as a threat and issues an immune response to "attack" the invader. The release of chemicals like histamines in response to allergic triggers causes the familiar symptoms like sneezing, congestion, itchy/watery eyes, or difficulty breathing in severe cases. While allergic reactions are caused by exposure to specific triggers like food or high pollen counts, it is not clear what the underlying cause for developing allergies may be. Although many allergies develop in childhood, anyone can develop allergies at any time.
Q: How are allergies treated?
A: Treatments vary depending on the type and severity of the allergy, and can range from over-the-counter anti-histamines to allergy shots and inhalers for asthma.
Q: When should I see a doctor for allergies?
A: Allergy tests from our Cary office can help to identify specific allergies and their triggers. They also help your ENT doctor to develop the best treatment plan for your situation. Generally, it is recommended to see a doctor if your allergy symptoms persist for more than a few days or reoccur frequently throughout the year. You should also schedule an appointment with an ear, nose and throat specialist if you have difficulty breathing (seek emergency treatment for severe allergic reactions, as they may be life-threatening), or if you suffer from chronic sinus infections.
Find an ENT Doctor in Cary, NC
For more information about allergy testing and treatment, contact Wake Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists & Wake Sinus Center by calling (919) 851-5636 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gupta today.