Swimming in Allergens? Don't Let Allergies Keep You Away From The Things You Love - Justin Polga, MD
Allergies affect more than 50 million people living in the USA, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Inhaled allergens are by far the most common type. Seasonal allergies and hay fever, which is an allergic response to pollen, affect more than 40 million Americans. The World Allergy Organization estimates that asthma is responsible for 250,000 deaths annually. These deaths can be avoided with proper allergy care, as asthma is considered an allergic disease process. Allergy testing can determine which particular pollens, molds, or other substances you’re allergic to. Many common substances can be allergens. Pollens, food, mold, dust, feathers, animal dander, chemicals, and environmental pollutants cause people to suffer allergic reactions.
What are Allergens?
Many common substances can be allergens. Pollens, food, mold, dust, feathers, animal dander, chemicals, and environmental pollutants cause people to suffer allergic reactions. Pollen arises from trees, grass, and weeds – it floats in the air during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. As these pollens travel in the air people encounter them in their noses, eyes, ears, and mouths. Small particles of pollen are easily carried through long distances by wind and tend to cause allergies.
Mold is a fungus, typically found in damp dark places. These microscopic spores also fly in the air and trigger allergy symptoms. Mold colonies reproduce and release spores year-round, they become dormant when temperatures drop below freezing but do not die.
Allergy symptoms appear when the immune system reacts to an allergic substance that has entered the body as though it was an un-welcomed invader. The immune system will produce special antibodies capable of recognizing the same allergic substance if it enters the body at a later time. When an allergen reenters the body, the immune system rapidly recognizes it causing a series of reactions. These reactions often involve the production of many inflammatory substances including histamine. Histamine produces common allergy symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, nasal and sinus congestion, headaches, sneezing, scratchy throat, shortness of breath, etc. Other less common symptoms are skin irritations such as eczema, and even respiratory problems like asthma.
“OVER 100 YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND MEDICAL PRACTICE HAVE PROVEN THAT THE ONLY LASTING RELIEF FROM ALLERGIES IS IMMUNOTHERAPY.” The Academy of Allergy and Asthma in Primary Care
What is Immunotherapy?
Allergens have a direct impact on your quality of life. Immunotherapy is the only proactive treatment solution for allergies. Over-the-counter or prescription medications are reactive methods of treatment that only address symptoms after a reaction has already erupted. This perpetual cycle brings a long list of side effects, dependency, and expenses. The remaining alternative is avoidance of allergens, limiting experiences and freedom one has in daily life. Immunotherapy actually builds patients’ immunity to allergens instead of masking symptoms.
Allergen Immunotherapy (IT) is a proactive therapeutic modality directed towards diminishing a patient’s sensitivity to allergens. IT consists of exposing patients to increasing amounts of the allergens they are sensitive to throughout the course of treatment which can last from 1 to 5 years. Immunotherapy desensitizes the patient to the allergens that trigger allergic symptoms ultimately allowing patients to be exposed to these allergens without any subsequent allergic reaction. The results of IT can be life-changing and dramatically improve quality of life.
Polga Medical Group tests for common allergies such as cedar, oak, grasses, proteins from pets, dust, insects, molds, pollens, airborne allergens, and much more. Based on your results, a personalized immunotherapy treatment will be developed for your individual needs. Allergy testing and treatment can be conducted on adults and children age 5 and older, is non-invasive, fast, effective, and covered by most insurance. For more information on the benefits of allergy testing, contact Polga Medical Group at 305-967-7466 located at 240 Crandon Boulevard. www.polgamedical.com