Can Allergies Be Healed Completely?

Allergies

Pollen, dust, pet dander, cleaning products, food, drinks and more. Allergies can affect nearly every aspect of life, and if severe enough, change it completely. How prevalent are allergies? More than 50 million people in the United States have an allergy of some kind.

If you’re an allergy sufferer, you likely know about some treatments, but have you ever wondered …

Can allergies ever be completely cured?

The general answer is “no,” but … some kids can outgrow allergies, specifically those to food. The key is to find out what you’re allergic to. Allergy tests today are more convenient and accurate than ever. Combined with your detailed medical history, allergy testing (via skin or blood tests) can identify the specific things that cause your allergic reactions.

Feel and live better with healing allergy treatments

It’s a fact. Sometimes you can’t avoid allergens. The good news is, there are two effective ways to manage your allergies:

  • Medications – Decongestants and antihistamines can help relieve a stuffy, runny nose and sneezing and itching. Corticosteroids are effective in treating inflammation in your nose. Other medications work by blocking the release of the chemicals that cause allergic reactions.
  • Immunotherapy – This preventive treatment is used to quell allergic reactions to things like grass pollens, house dust mites and bee venom. The treatment involves you receiving gradually increasing doses of the allergen to which you are allergic. The gentle increases of the allergen spark your immune system to become less sensitive to it, likely by causing the production of a “blocking” antibody, which reduces your symptoms when you come in contact with the allergen. Immunotherapy can also reduce the inflammation of rhinitis and asthma.

Urgent care and treatment for allergies; total care for your family’s health

Should you have an allergic reaction, mild or severe, Pomona Valley Health Centers is here for you. Our La Verne urgent care facility is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on a walk-in basis. Here, and at all our locations, our compassionate, highly qualified doctors and nurses can care for all your health needs, including general medicine, child development, women’s health, sleep disorders, sports medicine and more.

To schedule an appointment at a PVHC location near you, call 909-536-1493 or click here to use our online form.

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month: How to Manage Allergies

How to manage allergies

Allergy season is upon us, and with May being National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, there are many things you can do to help you manage. With a few helpful tips, you can more easily avoid the annoying, persistent symptoms caused by allergies.

Do you have allergies?

First, it’s important to know whether you’re suffering from allergies. Some common signs and symptoms of allergies include:

  • Runny nose or nasal congestion
  • Watery, itchy, or red eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing
  • Scratchy throat
  • Itchy nose or roof of mouth
  • Swollen or blue skin discoloration below the eyes
  • Postnasal drip

Common allergy triggers

There are certain seasonal factors that typically trigger an allergy attack. These include:

  • Tree pollen
  • Grass pollen
  • Ragweed pollen
  • Dust mites, cockroaches and dander from pets
  • Spores from indoor and outdoor fungi and molds

Preparing for allergy season

See your primary care doctor or allergist before allergies start

Don’t wait until allergies hit to take action. Make sure to visit an allergist prior to when your allergies usually begin. Recommended allergy medications should be taken early in the season, before pollen peaks.

Reduce exposure to allergy triggers

To reduce your exposure to allergens:

  • Try to stay indoors on windy days
  • Delegate tasks that can stir up allergens, like lawn mowing and weed pulling
  • Remove clothes and shower immediately after being outside, to remove any allergens from your body
  • Avoid drying laundry outside
  • Wear a mask or bandana over your nose and mouth if you do outside chores

Reduce allergy triggers at home

Allergens aren’t always found outside. They can also gather in your home. It’s impossible to eliminate all allergens from your home, but to help keep indoor air cleaner:

  • Use high-efficiency filters and keep up on regular maintenance of your HVAC unit
  • Try using a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter while you sleep
  • Clean the floors regularly with a HEPA-filter vacuum
  • Keep doors and windows shut at all times when pollen counts are high

If you’re ready for relief from your persistent, annoying allergies, the physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers can help. Call (888) 686-0773 today to schedule an appointment.