If you're amongst the 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies, finding out what you're allergic to is the first step toward relief. Pamela Abrams, MD, and the highly skilled team at Family Practice Associates, PC, provide allergy testing and treatment to adults and children in and around Broomfield, Colorado. If allergies are interfering with your life, call Family Practice Associates or book an appointment online today to schedule an allergy test.
Allergies rank among the most common chronic conditions in the world. They occur when your body’s immune system overreacts to a substance it identifies as harmful. These substances are called allergens.
When you’re allergic to something, your immune system forms an antibody to that particular allergen. Whenever you expose yourself to that allergen, the antibodies trigger an immune response, resulting in an allergic reaction.
Pollen is one of the most common causes of seasonal allergies. You may be familiar with the term “hay fever,” which refers to pollen allergies.
Other common types of allergens include:
Dr. Abrams and the team at Family Practice Associates offer allergy testing of a large panel of allergens, including those specific to the Front Range. This includes pollen from trees, flowers, weeds, and grasses in the region, as well as common dust mites, animals, and molds.
Before administering your allergy test, your provider at Family Practice Associates performs a complete physical exam. They also review your allergy symptoms and medical history to decide whether you need an allergy test.
Depending on your situation, they use a skin or blood test to determine what type of allergens trigger your allergic reactions.
*If you have set up an allergy testing appointment with us, please contact our office for instructions on how to prepare for testing as well as when to start. There are some medications and supplements that may affect the results.
Once they know the type of allergies you have, Dr. Abrams and the team at Family Practice Associates discuss the best options for your treatment.
Depending on your needs and the type of allergen affecting you, Dr. Abrams may recommend one of the following:
SLIT is an alternative to allergy shots that involves taking small doses of an allergen under your tongue. This treatment helps your body increase tolerance to the allergen and reduce symptoms of an allergic reaction.
FDA-approved for ragweed and grass pollen, SLIT treatments help with common environmental allergies that are difficult to avoid.
If you want to discover the source of your allergies, call or click online to schedule an allergy testing appointment at Family Practice Associates today.