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Treating Allergies

Your immune system is your body’s defense mechanism against viruses, bacteria, allergens, and other foreign invaders. When the body detects a harmful or foreign invader, an immunoresponse is triggered – it’s at that time when the body mobilizes its antibodies that attach themselves to the items that seek to do us harm. On the other hand, our response to allergens is quite the opposite; one in which our bodies create a reaction that is based on the type of allergy and manner by which we are exposed. Some people are allergic to certain foods; others have allergic responses to environmental factors such as dust, dander and mold. The most common allergic reactions include itchy, watery eyes; a runny nose and itchy skin. People who are allergic to certain medications (e.g., penicillin), manmade materials (e.g., latex), foods or bee stings often experience extreme reactions that can include hives, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, anaphylaxis and, in of the most extreme cases – death. The good news is your allergies can be treated, making your life bearable and allowing you to enjoy things you otherwise would not. Here’s how.

Treating Your Allergies

If your allergies are more of an inconvenience than severe, you can usually find an effective over-the-counter treatment. A pharmacist can help you select the treatment that is right for you based on your symptoms. If your allergies are more severe and interfering with daily life, an allergist can help you diagnose your triggers and then devise a treatment plan that is right for you. Depending on the type of allergy and its severity, your treatment plan may include –

Further support

Knowing what you are allergic to is the best first step to conquering your allergies. Start by scheduling an allergy diagnostic test to rule out foods, fauna and environmental factors that trigger you. Located in Washington, Oregon and now, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lynx Healthcare has a board-certified allergist-immunologist on staff who is specially trained to treat allergies and other immune system related diseases. To make an appointment at one of our Lynx Healthcare clinics, call us at (509) 591-0070, or contact us online today.

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