Allergies

Desert Wells Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Queen Creek, AZ

Children and adults with allergies seeking help managing their symptoms can find comprehensive allergy care at Desert Wells Family Medicine in Queen Creek, Arizona. Whether you need allergy testing to determine your triggers or are looking for long-term allergy relief solutions, the compassionate medical team customizes your treatment. You can expect the highest quality of consistent care to manage your allergies now and in the future. Find out more about your options for treating chronic allergy symptoms by calling Desert Wells Family Medicine today or by requesting an evaluation online now.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are your body’s overreaction to certain substances that generally don’t cause a reaction in others. 

There are a number of common allergens that can trigger your body to produce antibodies in its own defense. It’s the production of these antibodies that causes a variety of physical symptoms or allergic reactions.

The most common environmental substances that trigger an allergic reaction include:

  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Latex
  • Pollen
  • Insect bites
  • Animal dander

You may also have allergic reactions to certain food and medication.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

When you come into contact with an allergen, you can experience a wide variety of physical symptoms that range from mild to life-threatening, such as:

  • Hives
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny or stuffy nose

You can also experience swelling in your face and body, skin irritation, and itchiness from skin, food, or medicine allergies. Food allergies may also cause gastrointestinal problems, like diarrhea and bloating.

For some, allergic reactions can be severe. Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening condition where your throat swells up in response to an allergen, which makes it difficult for you to catch your breath. This reaction is very serious and requires immediate medical attention.

How are allergies diagnosed?

The Desert Wells Family Medicine team offers onsite allergy testing to better understand the allergens that trigger a response in your body. Your practitioner reviews your personal and family medical history and performs a physical exam.

During an allergy test, your practitioner exposes you to certain environmental allergies through small pricks to your skin. They monitor your body for any reaction and ensure your safety throughout testing.

To determine if food allergies are causing your symptoms, your practitioner may ask you to track the food you usually eat and any resulting symptoms. They may also work with you on a diet plan to eliminate certain food from your diet to identify potential triggers.

Allergy testing can also be done through blood work. The Desert Wells Family Medicine staff evaluate the levels of antibodies in your blood that may indicate an allergic response to certain substances.

How are allergies treated?

If you have seasonal or environmental allergies, you may need over-the-counter or prescription medications to relieve your symptoms and prevent new reactions. The Desert Wells Family Medicine team monitors the effectiveness of your treatment through routine office visits.

When medication or food triggers allergies, your practitioner works closely with you to modify your diet and lifestyle to prevent discomfort and allergy symptoms.

If you have anaphylaxis, the Desert Wells Family Medicine team creates an emergency treatment plan that includes injectable epinephrine to quickly alleviate swelling in your throat and improve your breathing. You also need to seek care at the local emergency room or by calling 911 to prevent complications of anaphylaxis.

If you need help managing allergies, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.