An allergy is when your immune System reacts to a foreign substance, called an allergen. It could be something you eat, inhale into your lungs, inject into your body or touch.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million Americans have experienced various types of allergies each year. Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.
The most common indoor/outdoor allergy triggers are:
|The most common food allergens are:|
Our Clinic can perform allergy skin testing on over 60 various allergens, allowing us to figure the
root causes of your allergy.
Skin Test: (also known as a prick test) involves lightly pricking the skin on the back or forearm with a tiny drop of liquid allergen. The area of the skin is observed for about 15 minutes to see if a reaction develops.
Allergy shots work much like a vaccine. Your body responds to injected amounts of particular allergen given in increasing doses, eventually developing a resistance and tolerance to it.
Allergy shots can lead to decreased, minimal or no allergy symptoms.
There generally are two Phases:
The frequency of injections during this phase ranges from 1 to 3 times per week. The duration depends on the frequency of injections but generally ranges from 3 to 6 months.