How Do I Know When it's Time to See an Allergist?

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, 40 to 50 million people suffer from allergies or asthma just within the United States. With so many people dealing with these health concerns, you'd think treatment would be easy to access and over the counter medications would be effective, but that isn't always the case. Even with help from primary care physicians, many people continue to suffer from asthma or allergies that go untreated or uncontrolled. When that is the case, it may be time to see a specialist, and an allergist can help. 

What is an allergist? 

The ACAAI defines an allergist as "a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma and other allergic diseases." Their training focuses on identifying what triggers allergies and asthma and then preventing and treating those health concerns by understanding their cause. 

Why can they help? 

Allergist often start with allergy testing so they can identify the allergens that are causing your symptoms. Based on what they find, they will make treatment recommendations that suit both the cause and the effect it has on you and your quality of life.

There are several methods for treating allergies and asthma and an allergist can help you find the best fit for you. Allergists study asthma, allergies, and immunology and know the complexities of diagnosing and treating those health issues. They may recommend allergy immunotherapy (allergy shots) or management using other medications or techniques. Whatever your situation, they can help you find the source of your discomfort and offer remedies to find what works for you.  

When should I see one? 

If over the counter allergy medications (Zyrtec, Claritin, Benadryl) are no longer working for you or are insufficient, or you have allergies that persist year-round, it may be time to consult an allergist. If you experience atopic dermatitis, eczema, or hives, an allergist may be able to help find the cause and provide prevention education as well as treatment. If your asthma remains uncontrolled or you suspect you have undiagnosed asthma, an appointment with an allergist could offer answers and solutions.

Many people suffer from recurring sinus infections or difficulty breathing caused by allergies or asthma that then interfere with their day-to-day life. If that sounds like you, consult with your primary care doctor and schedule a visit with an allergist. You don't have to continue to suffer without adequate treatment. There are options. 

What next? 

If you've decided it's time to see an allergist, don't hesitate. Your primary care physician may have some recommendations and a good allergist is usually only a quick Googe search away. 

Contact us if you have any questions. We would be happy to help. And for those of you lucky enough to live in our area, an appointment with a qualified allergist is only a phone call or a couple clicks away. Book online or reach us at 385-290-1289. Let us help you find the relief you need from your allergies. We look forward to seeing you in our office. 

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Wasatch Allergy and Asthma

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