Allergies in North Texas

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what are allergies?

Allergies occur when the body produces antibodies in response to a foreign substance, such as dust mites, pollen, dog hair, a bee sting, or certain foods. Even though the substance may not be harmful, the immune system inadvertently interprets it as an outside invader. This produces an inflammatory reaction, such as sneezing, watery eyes, asthma, hives, skin rashes, or anaphylaxis. Allergies can affect children and adults of all ages, and symptoms can vary from one person to another. Get allergy relief by contacting Cross Timbers ENT. We offer in-person and telehealth appointments at our locations in Arlington, Mansfield, and Midlothian, TX.

what are the causes and symptoms of Allergies?

Allergies can range in type, whether seasonal allergies (hay fever) or allergic reactions to pet hair, food, or environmental factors. While some people develop allergies in childhood, others begin to experience them later in life. For example, moving to a new region of the country can trigger seasonal or environmental allergies. Common symptoms of allergies include:

  • Skin rash
  • Hives
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning sensation on the skin
  • Sore or inflamed throat
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Facial swelling

To help prevent allergies, avoid known triggers. Over-the-counter medication or prescription treatments may also help manage symptoms.

Allergies FAQ

Can an allergy or allergies ever be cured?

No, allergies cannot be cured, only managed. There are medications to ease the symptoms of allergies, but limiting your exposure to allergens and allergy triggers in your environment is an important part of allergy management.

What does hypoallergenic mean for allergies?

The term "hypoallergenic" relies on the root word "hypo" meaning less than. This means that a product is much less likely to cause an allergic reaction — typically soaps, deodorants, makeup, lotions, etc.

How many people suffer from allergies?

In the U.S., as many as 20% of people (about 40 — 50 million) suffer from some type of allergy.

What are the most dangerous allergies?

The most dangerous allergies include food allergies to peanuts and other nuts or seeds, fish and shellfish, wheat, dairy, and eggs. Other dangerous allergy triggers include certain medications (penicillin), insect stings (bees), and latex.

living with allergies

If you suffer from mild or severe allergies in North Texas, the professional team at Cross Timbers ENT can help. The first step is identifying the trigger through allergy testing in order to determine the correct method of treatment. Our practitioners provide allergy diagnosis and treatment at all of our North Texas locations. Learn more about allergy testing and allergy shots.

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