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Allergies

The doctors on Heal can help diagnose and treat allergies. Allergies are the result of the immune system overreacting to usually innocuous substances (allergens) which it mistakes for foreign invaders (pathogens). Allergy symptoms can affect the skin, eyes, respiratory, and digestive systems. Allergies are often comorbid with other autoimmune conditions including asthma. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the cause of allergies is likely both genetic and environmental.

People can be allergic to a number of agents including:

  • Food
  • Pollen
  • Insect and insect bite or sting
  • Mold
  • Dust
  • Drugs and certain chemicals
  • Animal fur, feathers, and hair
  • Metals

Symptoms of allergies are various and can affect multiple organ systems, including:

  • Itchy eyes, skin, nose, and/or throat
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sore throat
  • Red eyes
  • Inflammation
  • Hives
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash and eruptions

There are many ways to minimize and manage allergy symptoms including:

  • Cleaning your home regularly
  • Switching from carpets to wood-flooring when possible
  • Using a dehumidifier for moist environments
  • Investing in a HEPA filter
  • Washing linens regularly
  • Using mite-proof pillow and mattress covers
  • Using perfume free soaps, shampoos and detergents

There are also non-drowsy, over-the-counter medications which can help manage some of your symptoms. Occasionally, allergy symptoms can be confused with or exacerbated by other conditions, including respiratory infections.

The caring, compassionate doctors available on Heal can examine you in your home, where they’re better able to determine potential in-home sources of allergens such as mold, dust, and cockroaches. They can also provide guidance on how to make your home a more hypoallergenic space, to minimize the symptoms you experience.

When necessary, doctors can prescribe antihistamines or other medications to manage your allergy symptoms.

If your allergies are more than you can handle or if you’re unsure if the symptoms you’re experience indicate allergies, book a doctor house call with a licensed primary care doctor using Heal.