Allergies cause a range of symptoms from runny noses and itchy skin to dangerous swelling of your throat and problems breathing. If you have symptoms of an allergy, you need the expertise of South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group, where the board-certified doctors can diagnose the cause of your allergy and use cutting edge treatments to relieve your symptoms. Call one of their convenient branches in San Jose, Los Gatos, Mountain View, and Redwood City, California, to find out more or book an appointment online.
Allergies are common, chronic conditions that cause symptoms ranging in severity from irritating to life-threatening.
Allergic reactions stem from your immune system. If an organism like a bacteria or virus enters your body, your immune system responds and destroys it to protect you from harm. If you have an allergy, your immune system reacts to a substance that wouldn’t normally be harmful as though it were an invader.
These substances are called allergens. Your immune system reacts to the presence of allergens by releasing immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. The IgE antibodies then trigger the release of chemicals like histamine that cause an allergic reaction.
Allergic reactions typically cause symptoms that affect your nose, throat, sinuses, ears, lungs, the lining of your stomach, or your skin. These symptoms could include:
Allergies can also trigger the symptoms of asthma in some people. In severe cases, you can develop a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis.
Allergens can take many different forms, but the most common are substances like:
Food that is most likely to cause an allergic reaction include peanuts, wheat, shellfish, soy, eggs, and milk.
South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group has state of the art allergy testing facilities. The practice doctors use lung function tests like spirometry and exhaled nitric oxide measurement. They also use scratch and patch testing to different allergens and see if your skin reacts to any of them.
Allergy treatments can vary depending on the allergen involved and how serious the allergy is. For example, you might need an inhaler if you have allergic asthma or antihistamines for allergic rhinitis.
If you have severe allergies and are at risk of anaphylaxis, you need to carry an EpiPen® with you in case you need emergency treatment.
One of the most successful ways of treating a number of common environmental allergies is immunotherapy. This treatment involves having regular shots of the allergens you’re sensitive to until your body becomes used to them.
Your provider at South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group provides desensitization shots, including "cluster" immunotherapy, which is of a shorter duration than traditional immunotherapy.
Every patient receives personalized treatment options, and your provider doesn’t make you give up your beloved pets even when they’re the source of your allergy.
Find out more about allergies and their treatment by calling South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group today or book an appointment online.