Allergy Specialist Questions and Answers
At Town Center Family Practice, we can help treat and manage your allergies. We serve patients in Orange City FL and surrounding areas of Deltona FL, Sanford FL, DeLand FL, Pine Lakes FL, and Paisley FL. Book an appointment online or Call Now for more information. We are located at 1043 Town Center Dr, Orange City, FL 32763.
What type of doctor do you see for allergies?
What type of doctor you see for allergies may depend on your specific case and situation. Most often, those with allergies typically see an allergist, which is a specialist trained in diagnosing and treating allergies, as well as a family physician or their primary care provider. Sometimes, an allergy may onset suddenly and brings serious symptoms that need immediate medical attention, such as shortness of breath or severe swelling. In this case, you may see an emergency physician, and will likely have a follow up with an allergist, your family doctor, or a combination of the two.
At Town Center Family Practice, we have a team of physicians and specialists that can help diagnose, treat, and manage your allergies. If you’re unsure what you need and want to know what we offer in terms of allergy care, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Can allergies go away permanently?
In some cases, yes. Some people may find that allergies they had as children diminish significantly or go away as they reach adulthood. This is seen most often with allergies to things like pollen, pet dander, hay fever, or specific food allergies. However, in most cases, allergies tend to be with us for life. They can, however, onset at technically any age, with some people seeing the onset of an allergy later into adulthood. This is why in most cases, you will need to monitor and manage your allergies over time. Even if you “outgrow” your allergies in adulthood, there is still the potential for them to continue to cause disruption in your everyday life.
Allergies can be tricky, as they can morph as you age, and can also be sensitive to changes in environment, weather, or even changes in your own physical health. Most people have triggers for their allergies, such as seasonal pollen or dusty environments, and may not see as much disruption from their allergies if they avoid these things all together. However, living in a climate or home environment where these things are common can again cause the allergy to flare up.
Some people also find over time that they need to change the type of medication they take or alter the management approach to their allergies, as they find one becomes less effective over time or during a certain season. This is why it’s important to have a physician on hand that knows your allergies, personal health history, and life situation, as this can be an important piece of support in managing your allergies over time.
Are allergy tests worth it?
Yes. Allergies can be serious and even life threatening, and even if you have a mild or moderate reaction, it’s important to know the cause of allergy, so you can learn how to avoid triggers or how to treat and manage your allergy.
At Town Center Family Practice, we can administer an allergy test, and help you understand what the next steps are in managing your allergies. An allergy test most commonly involves something known as a skin prick, where a small amount of the suspected allergen (or allergens) is placed under the skin to watch for a potential reaction. This process is quick and relatively painless, apart from a short sting when the prick is administered, and the discomfort of a reaction, which typically subsides after no more than half an hour.
Do I need a referral for an allergy treatment?
In some cases, you may need a referral for allergy specific treatment. However, at Town Center Family Practice, we are happy to provide services for your allergies without a referral. Whatever your situation is, we can work with you to find a solution. If you’re unsure what you may need for your allergies and want to know what we can offer and how we can help, don’t hesitate to contact us today.