Allergies are often more than just sniffles. They’re frustrating, irritating, and downright painful to live with, too. At Stone Oak Urgent Care & Family Practice in San Antonio, experienced physician Sudhir Gogu, DO, PhD, MBA, understands how allergies affect your whole-body health, and he’s here to help. Dr. Gogu offers several types of allergy testing so you can get a diagnosis and the cure you need, in a convenient location. Call the office or use online scheduling today.
Allergies are an immune system response to a substance such as pollen or pet dander. Although allergens aren’t typically harmful for your body, your immune system can have a hypersensitive response to the allergen, identifying it as a serious threat.
Then, your immune system releases histamine, a natural chemical that fights the allergen. The histamine launches the symptoms such as sneezing and watery eyes.
There are hundreds of different allergens, but some of the most common include:
Some of the most common airborne allergens can include mold, pollen, pet dander, and dust mites.
Food allergens often affect children, but they can happen at any age. Some common food allergens include milk, peanuts, corn, wheat, and soy.
Skin allergens cause skin symptoms like puffy, blistering, and itchy skin but they usually don’t cause nasal symptoms. Common skin allergens include latex, nickel, and a huge range of different chemicals in lotions, detergents, and other household products.
There are many other allergies, for example insect sting allergies as well. No matter what sort of allergies you’re facing, Stone Oak Urgent Care & Family Practice wants to help.
Stone Oak Urgent Care & Family Practice uses three types of allergy tests, including:
In a skin test, your Stone Oak Urgent Care & Family Practice provider makes very small skin punctures and then applies microscopic amounts of possible allergens. After a short wait, the punctures that grow red or develop small welts indicate which substances you’re allergic to.
In a blood test, your Stone Oak Urgent Care & Family Practice provider simply takes some blood from your arm for laboratory analysis. This test checks the level of immunoglobulin E antibodies, the antibodies that trigger allergies, in your blood.
In an elimination diet, which is typically used for food allergies, you make dietary changes to isolate the cause of your allergies.
Stone Oak Urgent Care & Family Practice offers on-site allergy testing of all types for your convenience.
After determining your specific allergies, Dr. Gogu personalizes your treatment. Depending on the allergy, you may need allergy shots, dietary changes, lifestyle changes, or oral medication.
Stone Oak Urgent Care & Family Practice offers convenient allergy testing and treatment at an affordable price. Call the office or schedule your appointment online now.