Allergy Testing & Treatment in Atlanta, GA

Allergy Testing & Treatment

Allergy Treatment Specialist

Georgia ENT Specialist in the Atlanta area

Allergies affect millions of Americans. If you are one of them, you know how much the symptoms can disrupt your everyday life. Common symptoms include the following.

  • Runny nose
  • Wheezing and coughing
  • Itching of the eyes or nose
  • Watery and red eyes

You can get help for your allergic symptoms at our Atlanta. GA ENT Center.

What Are Allergies?

An allergic reaction happens when your body reacts to a foreign substance that it thinks is harmful. Your body mounts an immune response to the foreign substance, and this response can cause symptoms of allergies. Food and drug allergies, atopic dermatitis or eczema, and allergies to insect stings are common. Another one is hay fever or allergic rhinitis. This occurs when your body mounts an immune response to pollen, dust pet hair, mites, or other small particles in the air.

Testing for Allergies

Your first appointment with Dr. Fletcher will include a medical history and examination. You might take a food diary to determine if you have allergies to foods in your diet. Other allergy tests include blood tests for specific immune factors produced by your body, and skin tests to see if certain substances cause a reaction on your skin.

Allergy Testing & Treatment

Your treatment depends on your symptoms, the cause of your allergies, and what you have tried before. Options include avoiding the allergen and taking over-the-counter or prescription medications such as pills or nasal sprays. You may take immunotherapy over the course of years to suppress symptoms.

Why wait to get relief?

Do not let allergy symptoms determine how you live your life. Call the Georgia Center for Ear, Nose, and Throat today to get tested for allergies. Dr. Fletcher can help you find relief from allergy symptoms so you can go about your business without your symptoms getting in your way.

Call today to schedule your Allergy Testing and Treatment with Dr. Aaron Fletcher.

Allergy Treatment FAQ's

What is allergy testing?

This test determines if your body is allergic to a particular substance. People take this test to determine any food or seasonal allergies. The examination can take place in the form of skin or blood tests and through the process of elimination with your diet. Allergies vary from person to person, so an allergy test can give you a clear idea of what to avoid, if possible.

What is the best treatment for allergies?

That all comes down to your particular symptoms, as they can range from relatively minor to life-threatening. Thankfully, there are multiple solutions to combat allergies, one of the most common being nasal sprays or allergy medication. In more serious circumstances, you may wish to explore immunotherapy to suppress the symptoms of your critical allergens.

How long do allergy treatments last?

Although prescription medication can help suppress or manage the symptoms of allergies, some may still feel it is inconvenient to take. Immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, offers much more effective results. It can prevent potential allergy attacks for up to three to five years, depending on your health and the severity of your situation.

What is the first step you recommend in treating allergies?

Regardless of the severity of your allergies, if they impact your quality of life, it is time to speak with an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor. Allergies can significantly affect our comfort and joy in life, but some can also be life-threatening. Even if allergies are a common topic of discussion between us all, they can come with some alarming consequences. However, it is best to start with isolating the cause of your allergies and prescribing medication before jumping into immunotherapy.

What causes allergies?

In short, an allergic reaction occurs when your immune system detects and reacts to a foreign substance in the body. The body then produces the necessary antibodies to defend against that particular substance. These antibodies are what cause the allergy symptoms with which you are familiar. The body may be doing its best to protect itself, but, in this case, it is doing more harm than good.

When should I see a doctor for allergies?

Of course, it depends on your level of discomfort and how your allergies affect your everyday life. Some allergies are manageable and do not warrant visiting a doctor, while others are on the opposite end of the spectrum and can cause extreme discomfort or are potentially fatal. No matter the severity of your condition, please book an allergy testing appointment at our clinic in Atlanta so your body can feel happier and healthier in the long run.

How do allergy shots work?

Each injection of an allergy shot contains a minuscule amount of the allergen in question, which helps your body build the necessary immunity to prevent an allergic reaction. Over time, new antibodies are created that are better suited to face this particular allergen. This gives you a better chance of avoiding symptoms if you come in contact with the allergen again.

What are the alternatives to allergy shots?

If you’re looking for alternatives, store-bought or prescription medication can help manage your allergies, or you could try sublingual immunotherapy that employs allergy drops or tablets. This method does not require an injection. Instead, the treatment is absorbed through the tissue of the mouth for an easy and painless approach.