Having an allergy disrupts the lives of millions of Americans, and in some cases, those allergies can be life-threatening. Eldar Baigabatov, MD, of Celebrity Medical Center in Winter Garden, Florida, is a highly qualified physician and expert in integrative medicine who has specialist expertise in diagnosing and treating allergies. For the most effective, holistic approach to allergy relief, call Celebrity Medical Center today or book an appointment online.
Allergies develop as a result of your immune system overreacting to a substance you’re in contact with, either by touch, breathing it in, or eating it. Allergens, the substances that trigger allergies, typically don’t pose a threat to health, for example, certain foods, or are minimally harmful, like insect venom.
Typical symptoms of allergies include:
When people who have allergies encounter the allergens they’re sensitive to, their immune system interprets the presence of these substances as a threat and produces antibodies to fight them off. Unfortunately, the allergic response is unpleasant at best and potentially fatal for some people.
It’s possible to become allergic to anything in your environment or have multiple allergies, depending on the way your immune system malfunctions. However, certain substances are common allergens, such as:
If you have allergies, Dr. Eldar can help by identifying your allergens and creating a treatment plan to reduce and relieve your symptoms.
Dr. Eldar starts the diagnostic procedure by listening carefully to your description of the symptoms and carrying out a physical exam.
It’s useful to note any triggers you’re aware of so you can tell Dr. Eldar. For example, have you been aware of eating the same kind of food or wearing certain clothes when you develop symptoms?
To confirm or rule out specific allergies, Dr. Eldar carries out blood tests and skin-prick tests as well.
The treatment for your allergy is dependant on the cause and how badly your symptoms are affecting your life. Avoiding exposure to your allergens whenever possible can cut down the frequency of your allergic reactions, and if you have a potentially life-threatening allergy, avoiding allergens is critical.
Medications can help in some cases by easing the symptoms, for example, using antihistamine medicine for allergic rhinitis (hay fever). Certain medications can also help lower your immune system’s extreme response.
Dr. Eldar may recommend immunotherapy, a long-term desensitization program that helps to reeducate the immune system to be more tolerant of allergens. He also has a selection of effective complementary treatments available that could help some patients.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of an allergic response, call Celebrity Medical Center today to arrange allergy testing, or book an appointment online.