Allergies

Amaro Integrative Medicine

Family Medicine & Integrative Medicine located in Amarillo, TX

Chronic allergies affect nearly 40% of American children and adults. At Amaro Integrative Medicine in Amarillo, Texas, Justin Amaro, DO, and his experienced medical staff offer comprehensive allergy testing to identify your allergy triggers. Dr. Amaro also offers effective treatment options, including lifestyle changes and immunotherapy, to help you alleviate uncomfortable allergy symptoms. Find out more about allergy testing and treatment options available by calling the Amarillo office or booking online.

Allergies Q & A

Amaro Integrative Medicine

What are allergies?

An allergy is a chronic condition that develops due to your body’s overreaction to a certain substance. When you come into contact with an allergen, such as mold or pollen, your immune system creates immunoglobulin antibodies.

These antibodies fight back against the substances, even if they aren’t actually causing your body harm.

As a result of this overreaction in your immune system, you can experience a number of uncomfortable, disruptive symptoms.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Depending on what you’re allergic to, you may experience common symptoms of allergies whenever you come into contact with an allergen trigger. These symptoms may include:

  • A runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Frequent sneezing
  • Hives or other skin rashes

In some cases, allergic reactions can cause a life-threatening condition known as anaphylaxis. This condition causes swelling in your throat or mouth, making it difficult for you to breathe. Anaphylaxis can occur quickly and requires emergency medical attention.

How are allergies diagnosed?

Dr. Amaro can perform tests to determine what substances may trigger allergic reactions. Common triggers include:

  • Mold
  • Food
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Insect bites
  • Certain medications

To test you for environmental or food allergies, Dr. Amaro and his team expose you to common allergy triggers. He pricks your skin with a variety of allergens to identify what type of reaction your body has. Typically, if you test positive for an allergy, your skin will turn red and may develop a welt soon after your exposure to the substance.

In some cases, Dr. Amaro can use blood tests to check for the presence of the immunoglobulin antibodies and confirm an allergy.

What treatments are available for allergies?

Depending on the substances you’re allergic to and the severity of your reaction, Dr. Amaro may initially suggest lifestyle changes to help you avoid your exposure to triggers, such as staying indoors when pollen is high or changing your diet to avoid trigger foods.

If allergy symptoms interfere with your life, Dr. Amaro may recommend immunotherapy, a method of treatment that trains your body to not overreact to specific substances.

Over-the-counter or prescription medications may also help you alleviate existing symptoms and prevent more serious allergic reactions.

Learn more about how to treat your allergies by scheduling a consultation online or by calling the Amarillo office.