Top 5 Reasons To See An Allergist

Allergies are a common cause of year-round or seasonal nasal and/or eye symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, congestion, eye itching and eye watering.

Fairview’s newest team of allergists shares common reasons people—from children to adults—would see an allergist/immunologist and tips to help you feel great and live well.

You don’t have to just deal with chronic nasal or eye symptoms

Allergy symptoms can be caused by pollen or spores from trees, grasses, weeds or molds. Year-round symptoms can be due to indoor molds, dogs, cats and dust mites. Allergy testing is a simple, safe and effective way to figure out what is causing your eye or nasal symptoms.

Knowledge is power in making appropriate changes to your environment. Seeing an allergist also allows you to have expert advice on the best treatment options for allergies, including medications and allergy shots.

Coughing and wheezing are not normal

Shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and chest tightness are potentially symptoms of asthma. Allergists are experts in caring for people with asthma. Asthma can be associated with allergies, and in fact, can cause your asthma to flare.

Allergy testing can readily identify allergic asthma triggers. Asthma management leads to fewer flare-ups and less need for emergency care.

Learn to eat what you should and avoid what you shouldn’t

The rate of food allergies has increased steadily over the past decade. An allergist can help you determine if you or your child are truly allergic to foods.

Symptoms of a food allergy can include swelling, hives, eczema, vomiting, shortness of breath or diarrhea. Food allergies can be very serious and result in life-threatening reactions. Proper evaluation can help determine the best course of treatment for food-allergic patients.

Infections do not have to get you down

People with recurrent infections involving sinuses, ears or lungs may be dealing with an inherited primary immune disorder. Individuals with a primary immune disorder have increased difficulty fighting infections and are more susceptible to prolonged infections or complications.

Allergists/immunologists are board certified, knowledgeable experts in dealing with these disorders. There are easy ways to diagnose immunodeficiencies and some great treatment options

Anaphylaxis. Scary to say and scary to experience

This is a rare and very serious allergic reaction that can affect many different parts of your body at once. Anaphylaxis can occur from many different triggers that include medications, food, insect stings, latex or an unknown cause.

Early recognition of symptoms is crucial. An allergist can help you identify the cause of these symptoms, teach you how to readily identify these symptoms and equip you with the proper treatment in case these episodes occur again.

For a complete list of Fairview allergists, click here. We are fully staffed for all of you and your family’s needs.

Blog contributors

Hiba Bashir, MD: Seeing patients at Wyoming and Fridley clinics

Aaron Pinion, DO: Seeing patients at Andover, Elk River and Fridley clinics

Yuriy Zgherea, MD: Seeing patients at Lino Lakes and Wyoming clinics

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