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Do you suffer from colds that are unusually long? Do you experience sneezing, congestion, & itchy eyes during spring and fall? Have you recently bought a body lotion that if you use gives you a rash? Does your child break out in hives following eating certain foods? Have you gotten an insect bite that developed swelling? Does your child sneeze often when around pets? Do you wake up in the morning with an extremely stuffy nose?
Answering YES to any of these questions, and others asked by your primary care physician is a warning that you or your child may suffer from allergies. 50% of most Americans test positive for at least one allergen and it’s important to know what you’re allergic to in order to avoid triggers and reactions. Sometimes allergic reactions don’t cause these reactions that concern you. For instance, some rashes are first thought to result from an allergic reaction, but may not be related to allergies at all. Testing by an allergist can confirm or rule out an allergic reaction so you know what is ailing you and can treat your condition properly. Another cause of a skin rash or hives is often stress. In Charlotte and surrounding areas, the Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center is often the place doctors send patients needing allergy testing and allergy care as their first choice.
An allergy is how a person responds to a stimulus that most people have no reaction to such as pollen or cats. When a person has allergies, they have a reaction to the allergen (stimulus) with symptoms such as sneezing, itchy watering eyes, or break out in a rash. Health care providers call this an allergic reaction. Some allergic reactions can be dangerous so understanding and managing allergies is essential.
Not all allergists are equal. Ask the following questions before selecting an allergy doctor:
At the Carolina Asthma and Allergy, all of our providers are board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. The final decision on selecting an allergy provider is a personal decision. The following are some more tips for choosing an allergist.
In addition to board certification, education, and experience check out these other important factors too.
The Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center has been serving patients in the Charlotte area since 1952. We have 12 office locations so we are certain there is an office near you. We accept many insurances and all of our doctors have experience and are board certified allergists. Use our online contact form to contact us today.
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