Allergies Specialist

Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates

Medical Spa located in Hamilton, NJ

An estimated 30% of adults and 40% of children cope with some form of allergies, and this condition can put a damper on your lifestyle. Fortunately, there's relief. The staff at Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates in Hamilton, New Jersey, treat allergies with safe and effective medication, immunotherapy, and a plan for avoiding common triggers. To learn what’s behind your perpetually itchy eyes and runny nose, call or click to schedule an appointment with an integrative medicine specialist today.

Allergies Q & A

Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates

What are allergies?

Allergies are an immune system response to a foreign substance. Your immune system produces proteins called antibodies that work to fight off unwelcome substances in the blood like bacteria and viruses.

Sometimes these antibodies, called allergens, treat harmless substances as dangerous invaders. Exposure to allergens causes inflammation, or an allergic reaction, in different parts of the body. Common allergens include:

  • Food
  • Insect stings
  • Latex
  • Medication
  • Mold spores
  • Pet dander
  • Pollen

What are allergy symptoms?

Symptoms of an allergic reaction vary greatly depending on the allergens involved and the severity of your allergic disease. Common allergic diseases including asthma, eczema, hay fever, hives, and food allergies cause symptoms like:

  • Hives
  • Itching
  • A runny nose
  • Skin rashes
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening reaction to an allergen that requires immediate medical assistance. Signs of anaphylaxis include:

  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Vomiting

How are allergies treated?

The integrative medicine specialists at Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates use a physical exam, skin tests, and blood tests to determine if allergies cause your symptoms.

After your doctor at Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates identifies your allergens, they create your treatment plan. Allergy treatments often involve:

Allergen avoidance

Through extensive testing, your doctor identifies your allergens so you can avoid them and limit future reactions. Dusting and vacuuming regularly and using a HEPA filter treats many common allergens. Many experts consider this the most effective way to improve symptoms.

Immunotherapy

Purified allergens are repeatedly injected into your body over an extended, extended period to increase the body’s tolerance to these allergens and reduce allergic reactions.

Medication

Over-the-counter and prescription liquids, pills, and sprays temporarily reduce the symptoms of mild allergic reactions. Antihistamines, corticosteroids, and decongestants are commonly used to prevent and treat allergies.

Severe, life-threatening allergies require emergency epinephrine to reduce symptoms until medical assistance is available.

Don’t let allergies keep you from exploring the world. Allergy relief is possible. Schedule an appointment with Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates online or by telephone today.

*Individual Results May Vary