Allergies are more than seasonal nuisances. Without a proper diagnosis and treatment, they can diminish your quality of life. Clinica Medica Hispana provides comprehensive care for all types of allergies at its locations in South Phoenix, West Phoenix, and the Biltmore neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. Don’t let allergies stop you from enjoying your daily activities. Call the clinic today, schedule an appointment online, or walk into the clinic to get the care you need.
Allergies are overreactions of the immune system to a foreign substance, called an allergen, that is usually harmless. The immune system defends your body against germs, pathogens, and other substances it deems harmful. If you have an allergy, your immune system attacks substances that typically don’t trigger reactions in other people.
Allergy symptoms can vary depending on the type you have, but common signs include:
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergy symptom that requires emergency care. It can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, and unconsciousness. Properly diagnosing your specific allergy is essential to minimize your risk of anaphylaxis.
Distinguishing between allergies and a cold can be difficult. While they share many similarities, allergies and colds have key differences, such as:
Cold symptoms typically last for about 7-10 days, while allergy symptoms can persist for weeks, even months, if the allergen is present.
Cold symptoms usually develop gradually over a few days, while allergy symptoms can come on suddenly after exposure to an allergen.
Fever, body aches, and yellowish-green nasal discharge are a few symptoms exclusive to colds and other acute illnesses. Allergies can also cause itching in your eyes, nose, and throat, while colds typically don’t.
Nobody knows exactly why some people have allergies while others don’t, but some experts believe genetics and environmental factors can increase your risk. You can develop an allergy to any substance, but the most common include:
Stress, pollution, and certain chemicals can also trigger allergies. Clinica Medica Hispana offers skin prick, patch, and blood tests to accurately diagnose your allergy and develop the appropriate treatment plan.
Allergy treatments depend on the type you have and the severity of your symptoms. After a thorough exam that includes allergy testing, the team at Clinica Medica Hispana may recommend:
The team creates an individualized allergy treatment plan based on your needs. To learn more, call Clinica Medica Hispana today or schedule an appointment online. Walk-ins are also welcome.