Uncovering the Best Treatment Plan for Your Allergy Needs
Are you suffering from an allergic reaction or a stuffy nose? At Penn Medicine Becker ENT and Allergy we can help you treat your allergies today! Our comprehensive guide will provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to take care of your symptoms and breathe easy again.
- Get an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to your individual needs
- Learn how to prevent further allergic reactions
- Receive personalized advice and recommendations from a trained medical professional
What is an allergy?
An allergy is an abnormal reaction of the body’s immune system to substances that are typically harmless to most people. Allergens, such as dust mites, pollen, animal dander, and certain foods can trigger runny noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, wheezing and other symptoms.
To determine if you have an allergy, your doctor will review your medical history and conduct tests such as skin prick tests or blood tests.
Allergy Symptoms and Causes
Allergies can be a nuisance, but they can also be dangerous if not treated properly. To successfully manage allergies, we must understand the signs and origins of them.
Types of Allergies We Treat
At Penn Medicine Becker ENT and Allergy, we specialize in treating a wide range of allergies. Here are some of the most common types of allergies we address:
Allergy testing is an important tool for diagnosing the cause of allergic symptoms. It helps to identify the specific allergen that triggers the reaction which then allows medical care providers to provide the most effective treatment plan.
Allergy testing may involve skin prick tests, blood tests or both and can help determine if a severe reaction may occur from exposure to a particular allergen.
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Allergy Treatment Options
Medications are often used to treat allergies and reduce symptoms. Allergy medications can include antihistamines, decongestants, nasal corticosteroids, eye drops, and asthma inhalers. Antihistamines work by blocking the action of histamine, a chemical released in response to an allergen that causes inflammation. Decongestants help reduce congestion associated with allergies and can be taken orally or as a nasal spray. Nasal corticosteroids are used to reduce inflammation in the nose caused by allergies, while eye drops can help relieve itchy eyes. Asthma inhalers are also commonly prescribed for people with allergic asthma or other respiratory allergies.
Immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, allergy tablets, and allergy drops are forms of treatment that can help reduce the body’s reaction to allergens. Allergy shots involve regular injections of a small amount of the allergen in order to desensitize the body over time. Allergy tablets or drops are taken orally and contain antigens that expose the body to small amounts of allergens in order to build up tolerance. These treatments can be beneficial for people with severe allergies or those who cannot avoid exposure to an allergen.
Natural remedies can be a great way to reduce allergy symptoms. Saline solution can help clear congestion and irritants from the nasal passages, while steam helps to soothe the airways. Nettle tea and honey are also known for their anti-inflammatory benefits, while probiotics can help balance the immune system.
Our Allergy and Immunologist Team
At Penn Medicine Becker ENT and Allergy, we have an experienced and dedicated team of allergy and immunology specialists that are committed to providing top-notch care for all our patients. Our team includes a highly-trained staff of allergists, immunologists, nurses, and other specialists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, asthma, and other related conditions. We take a comprehensive approach to treating allergies and strive to provide personalized care tailored to each patient’s individual needs. Our goal is to ensure that every person receives the highest quality of care possible so they can achieve relief from their symptoms and enjoy a healthier life.
Kathryn Edwards, MD
Sara Ghannam, MD
Michael Lupa, MD
Naba Sharif, MD
Why choose an Allergy Doctor?
An allergy doctor can provide quality of life-improving medical care for those suffering from allergies and related conditions. An allergy specialist is trained to diagnose and treat a variety of common allergens and can develop personalized treatment plans to reduce symptoms.
They are also well-equipped to help patients recognize their triggers, manage their reactions, and take preventative measures against future allergic reactions. With the help of an allergy doctor, patients can experience a better quality of life with improved symptoms and fewer medical complications.
Understanding the reasons to choose an allergist can help individuals with allergies make informed decisions about their healthcare options.
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