Allergy Treatment in Texas City, TX
Allergy is a chronic condition that affects nearly 20 percent of Americans. An allergy begins in the immune system, which protects the body from organisms that cause illness. If a person is allergic to a substance, such as food or pollen, the immune system produces antibodies that mistake the allergen as harmful. Most allergies cannot be cured, but there are numerous treatments that significantly reduce and manage symptoms.
Host and environmental factors are the primary causes of allergies. Host sources include genetics, gender, race and age; whereas environmental contributors involve exposure to pollution, diseases and dietary changes. The severity of an allergy ranges from mild to severe and even life-threatening in extreme cases.
- Genetics—family history of allergies
- Foods—wheat, eggs, milk, nuts
- Airborne bacteria—dust, pollen, mold, animal dander
- Medications—penicillin, anticonvulsants, insulin
- Insects—bee stings, spider bites
Allergy symptoms vary by person and depend on the substance involved. Allergens can affect one or multiple parts of the body and generally involve the eyes, skin, nasal passages and digestive tract.
Common effects of allergies include:
- Nasal congestion
- Watery or swollen eyes
- Itching of the nose, eyes or skin
An accurate diagnosis is essential for proper allergy treatment. Optimal Healthcare offers comprehensive care for a wide range of allergy, hypersensitivity and immune disorders. We work with each patient closely to target the cause of allergy and develop a personalized treatment plan.
Our physicians utilize modalities that provide lasting relief, including allergy avoidance, medications and immunotherapy. Once we identify the source of your allergen, one or a combination of treatments may be recommended.
Learn more about our services and how to overcome your allergies. Call (409) 948-1000 today or schedule your FREE consultation online.
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