What Causes an Allergy?
An allergic reaction
customarily results from a chain of events that starts in your genetic makeup
and ultimately prompts a response by your immune system. It happens when your immune system mistakes a normally harmless foreign substance as
being harmful and so produces antibodies to protect you. The normally harmless substance is now
recognized as an “allergen” by your body, and an allergic reaction can occur.
You Might Have Any of These Allergy Symptoms
- Eye discomfort: redness, itching, watering, and puffy,
blue-toned skin under the eyes
- Nasal discomfort: congestion,
itchiness, sneezing, runny nose, postnasal drip
- Sinus discomfort: pain, pressure, recurrent infections,
- Oral discomfort: itchiness of the throat or roof of the mouth
- Ear discomfort: fullness, pain, recurrent infections
- Skin problems: irritation, itching,
welts, rash, hives
- Respiratory difficulties: shortness of
breath, wheezing, coughing, chest tightness
- Gastrointestinal issues: pain, cramps, vomiting,
- General health changes: headaches, fatigue, or hyperactivity
You Can Have Outdoor, Indoor or Food Allergies
Outdoor allergies typically result from
pollens and pollutants. Salem, Portland and Bellevue are frequently
on Pollen.com's list of worst cities
for allergy sufferers. There are two
main allergy seasons in the Oregon & Washington areas.
Early spring brings high counts of tree pollen. Late spring to early summer sees some of the
highest pollen counts in the US from various grass pollens. Common symptoms involve the sinuses, nasal congestion, facial pressure, cough, and
thick nasal discharge. You may also be
more likely to develop chronic
sinusitis during peak allergy seasons
Common indoor allergens might be animal dander, dust mites, molds, or irritants such as chemicals and cigarette smoke. Common symptoms can include sneezing, stuffiness, runny nose, and itchy nose, eyes, or roof of the mouth.
Food allergies result from overreaction to a protein specific to foods such as eggs, peanuts, milk, wheat, tree nuts, and
shellfish. Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe and may involve the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, the cardiovascular system, and the respiratory tract.
Anaphylaxis is a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction.
The most common causes of anaphylactic reactions
are foods, insect stings, medications, and latex. Anaphylaxis typically affects more than one
part of the body at the same time, and symptoms may happen very quickly. They can include a feeling of warmth,
flushing, a red, itchy rash, feelings of light-headedness, shortness of breath,
throat tightness, anxiety, gastrointestinal pain and/or vomiting, and diarrhea. In severe cases, you may experience a drop in
blood pressure that results in a loss of consciousness and shock. Anaphylaxis requires
immediate medical treatment often with a trip to an emergency room. If it is not treated properly and promptly,
anaphylaxis can be fatal.
Allergy Relief is Here Now!
We Offer Testing and Treatment for Environmental and
Modern Nose Clinic’s allergy care team will run
tests to determine the source of your allergic reaction. We find that many patients are vulnerable to
more than one allergen. As allergens
stack up, patients’ symptoms and suffering increase. Our skilled, professional
allergy team offers testing and treatment for food allergies (including tree nuts, peanuts, dairy, eggs, and
shellfish), environmental allergies
(dust, mold, pets), and seasonal outdoor allergies
(tree and grass pollens).Learn More About Allergy Testing
Safe Adult and Pediatric Allergy Therapy
Modern immunotherapy can provide meaningful relief from allergy symptoms. Once your allergens have been identified, we will develop your personalized treatment strategy. Depending on the severity of your allergies, sublingual allergy drop therapy may be included.
Advanced, Painless Allergy Treatment
Sublingual Immunotherapy, also known as SLIT or allergy drops, is administered as a drop under the tongue and is used to treat people with respiratory
allergies caused by pollens, molds, dust mites, and animal dander. Allergy drops can be easily and conveniently
administered at home. Allergy drop
immunotherapy treatment has a low occurrence of side effects, which are
generally mild in nature. Patients enjoy
effective treatment and numerous benefits.
Learn more about Allergy Drops
- No frequent office visits
- Less time away from work or
- No injections, less pain,
- Personalized treatment on
Don't let allergies control your life.
Real relief is possible!