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Allergies

Family and Internal Medicine Practice, HRT Pellet Placement & Weight Loss Specialist & Allergy Testing offered in Las Vegas, NV

Allergy Testing

More than 50 million people in the United States are affected by allergies. Emeka Iroha, MD, at A-P Medical Group in Las Vegas, Nevada, offers expert allergy testing and treatment. Finding the source of your symptoms helps ensure you get the most effective treatment. For comprehensive allergy care from a practice that puts your needs first, call the office or schedule an appointment online today. 

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are a type of immune response in which the immune system reacts to harmless substances in the environment (allergens) as if they were a threat. This reaction triggers the release of chemicals that cause allergy symptoms.

 

Though you can develop an allergy to almost anything, there are common allergens, including:

  • Pollen and grass
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Pet dander
  • Dust and mold
  • Food 
  • Latex
  • Drugs

Allergies may occur at any age. It’s also possible to “grow out” of an allergy. 

 

What are common symptoms of allergies?

Allergy symptoms vary depending on the type of allergies you have. Symptoms may affect your respiratory system, skin, or digestive tract. Common symptoms of allergies include:

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Congestion 
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rash or hives
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Some people develop a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis, causing difficulty breathing, confusion, and loss of consciousness. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening condition and requires emergency medical care. 

 

What testing do I need for allergies?

A-P Medical Group provides testing for allergies to find the source of your symptoms. Allergy testing might include:

Skin prick test

The skin prick test is an in-office allergy test. It involves pricking your skin with a needle that contains a small amount of the suspected allergen. If you’re allergic to the substance, you develop a red, itchy bump at the site of the skin prick.

 

What are the treatments for allergies?

Currently, there’s no cure for allergies and treatment focuses on managing symptoms. Your provider at A-P Medical Group first recommends taking steps to avoid your allergen to reduce symptoms.

If you have allergies that are hard to avoid (pollen or dust), your provider may recommend allergy medication to manage symptoms. For people who experience anaphylactic reactions, the medical experts at A-P Medical Group prescribe an epinephrine pen to manage your condition. 

A-P Medical Group also offers immunotherapy to treat allergies, helping to desensitize the immune system reaction to the allergen.

For comprehensive management of your allergies, call A-P Medical Group or schedule your appointment online today.