Allergies are the immune system response that treats particles of the environment as pathogens that need to be to be eliminated. This elimination process is often painful and sometimes fatal for the person experiencing the allergy. This process can display symptoms such as rashes, runny eyes or nose, coughing, sneezing, hives, or difficulty breathing. In extreme cases, patients could enter anaphylactic shock in which their throat closes off, and they are unable to breathe. Doctors at Gilroy Family Medical Group are trained in treating allergies and their side effects and wish for every patient to be free from any negative symptoms related to allergies or allergens.
Doctors at Gilroy Family Medical Group will first interview the patient to determine any recollection as to how the allergy could have happened. The more detailed the history, the more quickly the doctor will be able to determine the specific allergy or allergies that the patient has. After the doctor has been able to narrow down to certain allergies, the patient will be pricked with small samples of certain allergens to determine if any negative reaction occurs. If the skin reacts to the allergen, the doctor will inform the patient that they are allergic to that particle and provide directions as to how they can avoid it in the future.
The most common treatment for allergies is an over-the-counter medication. These low-dose medications are typically all a patient needs to deal with their allergy issues and will not require a prescription. For patients with more severe allergies, doctors can order prescription-level doses of decongestants and antihistamines to reduce the inflammation and congestion of the nose and throat. Allergy shots are also available to reduce the impact of the immune system on the allergen. Doctors at Gilroy Family Medical Group are skilled in detecting and treating all types of allergies. Patients will benefit from their expert level of care as well as their compassion for all of their patients.
Gilroy Family Medical Group works with most major insurances. If you have any questions, please call our office and one of our knowledgeable staff members would be happy to help.
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