How an Allergy Doctor Can Help Treat Your Allergy Symptoms

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How do doctors test for allergies?

Doctors may test for allergies with a skin prick test or a blood test. The skin prick test will scratch the skin with different substances to check for allergic reactions to common allergens. Convenient at-home finger prick tests are a modern alternate option.

Are you tired of suffering from watery eyes and a runny nose? Of not being able to pet a cat without feeling itchy and red? Are you ready to be able to go outside, regardless of the pollen count? Then it’s time to find an allergy doctor who can help you control your allergy symptoms.

Choosing the Right Allergy Doctor

When you’ve never seen an allergy doctor, it can feel overwhelming trying to find the right practitioner. There are allergists, ENTs, otolaryngologist, immunotherapists, and so many more. Here’s how to find the best provider for you:

  • Ask your friends, family, and network for referrals
  • Research the physician’s credentials and experience
  • Read patient reviews online
  • Consider capabilities, including telehealth and on-call services

Take these aspects into consideration before scheduling your first appointment with an allergy specialist. The relationship with your allergy doctor lasts for years, and you want to make sure they’re the right doctor for you. At Wyndly our dedicated doctors take the time to learn about your allergy history and are available for 24/7 support. Schedule an allergy consult to get started with your personalized treatment plan today!

What Causes Allergic Reactions?

Allergic reactions result when the body’s immune system reacts to a harmless substance like pollen or pet dander. The immune system recognizes the allergen as dangerous. In an attempt to get it out of the body, it induces an immune response.

This response is what causes your allergy symptoms, including:

  • Red, watery eyes
  • Stuffy or congested nose
  • Itchy eyes, nose, or tongue
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Red, itchy skin
  • Rash or hives

These allergy symptoms can develop as soon as you’re around the allergen, or it could take time for the allergic reaction to start. For people with sensitive allergies, just being in a room where an allergen was can be enough to cause unwanted symptoms.

What Are the Types of Allergy Tests?

Before an allergist can prescribe an allergy treatment, you must undergo allergy testing. There are two different types of allergy tests. The traditional method is called a skin prick test and is administered in an allergist’s office. An allergy specialist places allergen extracts on the skin of your forearm or back. Each drop has a different allergen in it – pollens, danders, venoms, and food. Then the specialist pricks the skin under the drop. If an allergy exists, a red, itchy hive develops.

The second type of allergy test is a blood test. These tests identify environmental allergens, like dust, dander, and pollen. In a lab, this can require a vial of blood, but blood spot finger prick testing is also available. Because they only require a single finger prick, they can be done from the comfort of home!

At Wyndly, we can mail you our at-home allergy test kit with step-by-step instructions. If you need assistance with the test, just call or text us, and we will walk you through the process. Once the test is complete, send it back to us in the prepaid envelope. As soon as we get the results, one of our allergists will be in touch to discuss your personalized allergy profile.

All of these tests are equally effective at detecting allergies. You should take the test which is most convenient for you. At the end of the day, no allergy test can, by itself, determine whether or not you have allergies. A doctor will also take into consideration the individual’s medical history and other factors. At Wyndly, our doctors are comfortable crafting a personalized treatment plan from whichever test you use.

Signs You Should See an Allergy Doctor

Not everyone who has allergies needs to see an allergy doctor, but many do. You know it’s time to schedule with a specialist when you struggle to control your allergies with over-the-counter antihistamines. An allergy specialist can prescribe different treatments that can ease or even eliminate your symptoms. At Wyndly, our allergy doctors are available 24/7 to help you with your allergies. Schedule a consult with our doctors to get started today!

Common Treatment Options

There are various treatments for allergies and allergy symptoms.

Antihistamines

Antihistamines are available over-the-counter and through prescription and can temporarily reduce your allergy symptoms. Regardless of the type of antihistamines you take, they do not reduce your allergies long-term nor address the root cause of your allergies.

Allergy Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is the only research-based treatment proven to give long-lasting allergy relief. By exposing your body to trace amounts of allergens, immunotherapy allows your immune system to develop a tolerance. Over time, this tolerance leads to a reduction in immune response and allergy symptoms.

Allergy Shots

Allergy shots are the most common form of immunotherapy seen in allergists’ offices. While highly effective, there are downsides. This allergy treatment requires years of weekly shots, as well as long waits at the doctor’s office. Allergy shots also have an increased risk of anaphylaxis, the severe allergic reaction mentioned above.

Allergy Drops

Allergy drops are considered sublingual immunotherapy, as you administer them underneath the tongue. Convenient and safe to take at home, allergy drops are a popular alternative to allergy shots. With Wyndly’s at-home allergy drops, you get allergy care that’s more affordable than in-office treatment, time-saving telemedicine, and 24/7 access to dedicated doctors.

Learn More With Wyndly

At Wyndly, we don’t just want to treat your allergies — we want to change your life by making it allergy free! If you’re ready to see if an allergy doctor is right for you, start treatment today with Wyndly and get an at-home allergy test and personalized allergy profile for free! Don’t wait. Schedule today!

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