Helping You Live with Asthma and Allergies
Allergic reactions are one of the most common chronic health issues in the world. Allergies can range from annoying to life-threatening. Anyone who has had seasonal allergies knows they can certainly make you miserable, but you don’t have to suffer.
Sanford Allergy and Immunology can help you get a handle on your allergies, asthma, or immune system conditions. We’ll help identify what triggers your allergic reactions and create a plan to relieve your symptoms. Allergists and immunologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating allergies.
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Sanford Health Allergy & Immunology knows that allergies can seriously affect your quality of life. They don’t have to. We have a dedicated team of experts who specialize in diagnosing and treating allergies, asthma and immune system conditions in children and adults.
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Sanford Health Allergy & Immunology serves Sioux Falls, Fargo, Bismarck and the surrounding areas.
When Should I See an Allergist?
Severe allergies can cause a dangerous autoimmune reaction called anaphylaxis. The throat may swell, restricting the airway and causing a sudden drop in blood pressure. You can stop this reaction with an epinephrine autoinjector.
While you should certainly see an allergist if you have allergies that cause anaphylactic shock, you can visit an allergist in more minor cases as well.
You may live with sneezing and wheezing during pollen season, but you don’t have to. Seeing an allergist for reactions to mold, dust and pollen can greatly improve your quality of life.
What to Expect at an Allergist Appointment
When you go to an allergist for help with your allergies, they will start by obtaining your medical history and performing a physical exam. They might also perform tests to identify what you’re allergic to.
How Do Allergists Test for Allergies?
The types of tests your provider may use to identify allergies are the skin test, blood test and the challenge test.
The skin test can be done in two ways. The first way is when a small amount of allergen is put on the skin. That area of skin is then scratched or pricked. If you are allergic to the allergen, it will produce a small bump. Another way of doing the skin test is when an allergist injects a small amount of allergen under the skin. The advantage of skin testing is that the results are available right after the testing is done.
Blood tests for allergies may be used if you cannot tolerate a skin test. If you have recently had a severe allergic reaction or have a skin condition, your healthcare provider may choose to use a blood test to identify your allergies.
The challenge test involves breathing in or ingesting a very small amount of allergen. A healthcare provider then watches you closely to wait for an allergic reaction.
How are Allergies Treated?
Treatment for you allergies depends on factors, including:
- Severity of symptoms
- Type of symptoms
- General state of health
Allergy shots, also called immunotherapy, and medications can be effective against allergies.
Allergies in Children
Allergies affect people regardless of age, but treatment for allergies depends heavily on your child’s age and symptoms.
Treatments for allergies in children is similar to treatments for allergies in adults. If you are concerned about your child’s allergic reactions, you should visit their primary care provider or an allergist who is familiar with your child’s medical history.
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