Allergies affect 30% of adults, with symptoms ranging from an annoying runny nose to a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction. The doctors at Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey in Vineland offer personalized care when you schedule an allergy appointment. This service is offered to our established patients. To learn more about the services available at the allergy clinic, call the office in Vineland, New Jersey.
Allergies occur when your immune system identifies a harmless substance as a dangerous invader. When you’re exposed to that substance (allergen), your body releases chemicals that cause your allergy symptoms.
These are a few of the most common allergens:
Your symptoms depend on the allergen. For example, hay fever causes a runny or stuffy nose and sneezing, while a contact allergen typically triggers a skin rash.
As a group, allergies lead to symptoms such as:
Allergy testing to determine your exact allergens must be done before you start treatment. You can come in for testing any time allergy symptoms are intolerable, but you should get tested if you experience:
If you have asthma and your attacks worsen or become more frequent, it could be due to allergies. Getting tested and treated for allergies helps improve asthma symptoms.
After identifying your allergens, your doctor at the Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey may recommend immunotherapy to desensitize your immune system.
Immunotherapy is often referred to as allergy shots because the treatment is most often administered as an injection. Your first allergy shot contains a very small dose of your specific allergen — just enough to stimulate your immune system without causing an allergic response.
Each subsequent shot contains a slightly higher amount of allergen until you reach an optimal dose. As the dose of allergen increases, your immune system develops a tolerance to the allergen. Over time, it stops triggering allergy symptoms when you encounter an allergen.
Whether you suspect allergies or know you have them, the team at Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey offers effective treatment. Call the office or book an appointment online.