Allergies are the immune system's exaggerated response to substances typically harmless, such as pollen, pet dander, or certain foods. They can manifest as a wide range of symptoms, including sneezing, itching, hives, nasal congestion, and even life-threatening anaphylaxis. Allergies can be frustrating because they can interfere with daily activities, disrupt sleep, and cause discomfort or pain.
Managing allergies often involves avoiding triggers, taking medications, or undergoing immunotherapy. When allergies become persistent, severe, or significantly impact one's quality of life, it is advisable to seek help from our physician Dr. Kevin Chan at Pineapple Health. Our Phoenix, AZ, allergy specialist can diagnose and treat allergies effectively, offering personalized treatment plans, conducting allergy testing, and providing expert guidance to alleviate symptoms and improve overall well-being.
When Should You See An Allergy Specialist?
Do you find yourself sneezing uncontrollably every time you encounter a fluffy feline? Or perhaps your skin starts itching and breaking out in hives after indulging in your favorite shellfish dish? If these scenarios hit home, it's time to call in the expert: an allergy specialist.
An allergy specialist, allergist, or immunologist is a medical professional trained to diagnose and treat allergies and related conditions. When should you consider scheduling an appointment? Dr. Chan is your go-to guide if you frequently experience persistent sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, or skin reactions such as rashes or hives.
For instance, if you suspect you have hay fever (allergic rhinitis) due to recurring sneezing, nasal congestion, and itchy eyes during certain seasons, an allergy specialist can help pinpoint the allergens triggering your symptoms and provide tailored treatment options. An allergy specialist can conduct tests and devise an avoidance plan or prescribe emergency medication like epinephrine if you suffer from food allergies, like an adverse reaction to peanuts resulting in throat swelling or difficulty breathing.
Your Initial Office Visit: What to Expect
During your initial office visit with our allergy specialist, you can expect a comprehensive consultation focused on understanding your unique symptoms and medical history.
Our specialist will attentively listen to your concerns and ask detailed questions to gather the necessary information. They may conduct a physical examination, such as checking your skin or using a stethoscope to listen to your breathing. The specialist might order specific tests, like skin prick or blood tests, to identify potential allergens.
These tests are usually painless and aim to pinpoint the triggers behind your symptoms. Our allergy specialist in Phoenix, AZ, will explain the results to you and offer a diagnosis. With their compassionate approach, they'll discuss medication, immunotherapy, or lifestyle modifications.
Please explore our website to learn about the conditions we treat and the services provided. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Chan at Pineapple Health, contact (480) 961-2366 if you have questions for our allergy specialist in Phoenix, AZ.