If you are currently dealing with allergies, there is good news: there is help for you. The first thing to do is to follow this five-step protocol. For the first step, contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500 to request allergy testing and other allergy assistance.
- See an Allergist First and foremost, you need to see an allergist who can help determine what your allergies are. We will get your medical history, conduct an exam, and complete allergy testing as needed. Our specialized experience allows us to identify your allergens and to find ways to treat both the cause and the symptoms.
- Start Medications Before Symptoms Start Once you know what the source of your allergies is, you can start taking medication before the symptoms show up. Ideally, you would start your medications two or three weeks before the allergen is likely to start bothering you. For example, you can start medication a few weeks before the spring allergy season starts. Your allergist can help determine the right time to start taking these medications each year.
- Get Rid of Allergens from Your Home If you find that you have an allergy to pollen, keep it out of your home. If you find you are allergic to pets, don’t get a pet. If you already have a pet, find ways to reduce your exposure. For example, do not allow them in your bedroom as they can leave dander on your pillows and bedding that make it especially difficult to sleep. Take a shower at night before going to bed so that any allergens on your person are not brought into bed.
- Follow All Directions of Your Allergist Remember that you chose to see an allergist for a reason: you trusted our expertise. While some of the treatments do not start to work immediately, you can rest assured we are monitoring your experience. Not everyone responds the same, and you do not want to stop taking a medication after two days just because it is not working. Give it time to work.
- Consider Immunotherapy There are many allergy treatments, including immunotherapy. Depending on what you are dealing with, this can be a life-changer. Whether through allergy shots or tablets, immunotherapy targets and triggers the exact issues you have. They can not only treat current symptoms but keep them from getting worse in the future.
The bottom line is that if you have allergies, the more information you have about them, the better. If you are ready to get the information you need to make the right decision for your health, contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500 today.