Allergy Testing & Treatment in Garland, TX
Centerville Medical Center prides itself on delivering the best possible patient-centered care in a comfortable, nurturing environment. Our experienced allergy physicians are highly trained in the latest developments in the field and keep themselves informed of the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies and asthma. This allows our team of allergy doctors to provide the most comprehensive treatments available today.
More than 50 million people in the United States have allergies that can be attributed to weight gain, fatigue, muscle or joint pain, hypertension, indigestion, anxiety, depression, etc.
Allergy treatments from our physicians in Garland, Texas, aim to reduce or eliminate some of the stressors that are overwhelming your immune system. Our goal is to decrease or eliminate symptoms and decrease reliance on prescription medications. We offer broad spectrum immunotherapy, which can be administered in the form of sublingual drops, and injections.
What Causes Allergies?
Allergies occur when the body’s immune system reacts to otherwise harmless elements of our everyday environment like dust mites, mold, animal dander, grass, pollens, airborne chemicals and even certain types of food. This reaction from your immune system causes an over-production of antibodies, and your cells then release histamine.
Common Allergy Symptoms
The list of symptoms caused by allergies is longer than you might think. Primary signs of allergies include:
- Runny or congested nose
- Watery and itchy eyes
- Frequent ear infections
- Sinus headaches
- Nasal polyps
- Conjunctivitis (eye irritation)
- Muscle/joint pain
- Mental problems such as confusion, slow thinking, depression and forgetfulness
- Respiratory effects including endless colds, chronic cough, recurrent bronchitis
- Digestive issues such as bloating, indigestion, and IBS
- Weight gain
A More Effective Approach to Allergy Testing
At Centerville Medical Center in Garland, TX, we use intra-dermal and skin-prick testing to evaluate your antibody responses. During an intra-dermal test, a small amount of each suspected allergen is injected into the skin in order to measure your immune response. Your reactions to these individual allergens provides your “allergy profile,” which becomes the baseline for your recommended course of treatment. Also during your initial visit, your physician will carefully review your health history and current symptoms as well as your family’s health history. In order to properly determine your body’s natural allergy response, we ask that you avoid certain medications just prior to your scheduled allergy test.
What Treatment for Allergies are Offered in Garland, TX?
The goal of allergy treatment is to reduce or eliminate your symptoms by decreasing the stress that allergens place on your immune system. Your treatment plan is individualized based on your test results. This plan often involves a multi-faceted approach that may include avoidance of suspected allergens, environmental and lifestyle modifications, nutritional supplementation, and immunotherapy. Conventional interventions like antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays/inhalers are often recommended at the start of your treatment course, with the long-range goal of lessening or eliminating your reliance on these measures.
More on Immunotherapy at Centerville Medical Center
Immunotherapy builds up blocking antibodies by repeated exposure to allergens, reducing your allergic response and possibly eliminating the allergy altogether. When allergen avoidance and medications do not successfully control your allergy symptoms, your physician may recommend immunotherapy. Through shots or oral drops, your doctor can change your body’s response to the problem allergen over time. Immunotherapy can improve or eliminate symptoms, as well as reduce or eliminate the need for medications and future treatment.
You don’t have to live with allergies when there is help to control them. Call our Garland office today at (972) 807-6016 to schedule an appointment.