Allergies can seriously affect your quality of life by causing digestive distress, rashes, or constant congestion. Allergies can also show up in ways you might not expect, such as pain in your joints. At Turtle Healing Band Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada, the team of licensed tribal providers evaluates your symptoms and provides allergy testing to determine if your immune system is causing you distress. To arrange allergy testing, call the office or request an appointment online today.
When your immune system doesn’t function as it should, you can develop allergies. Your body senses that normally benign substances, including foods, pollen, or certain lotions, are potentially a threat. The immune system releases antibodies in response, leading to inflammation and irritation in your airways, and potentially in your tissues and digestive tract.
Allergic reactions range from mild and annoying to serious and life-threatening.
Allergies can show up in expected ways, such as nasal congestion and red, itchy eyes. Hives, rashes, and even anaphylaxis (a life-threatening reaction) can occur. You may also experience digestive distress, joint pain, fatigue, and other unsuspected symptoms due to allergies.
When your body develops antibodies in response to a perceived allergen, they’re known as IgE. These antibodies cling tightly to allergic cells in your skin, gastrointestinal tract, airways, and around blood vessels.
When IgE sense an allergen, they release histamines, the chemicals that cause allergic reactions such as hives or a runny nose.
Allergy testing helps determine the cause of the symptoms that interfere with your quality of life. The team at Turtle Healing Band Clinic evaluates your symptoms to help you identify triggers. Avoiding triggers is an excellent way to prevent allergy symptoms from occurring.
You may also undergo skin testing and blood work to look for IgE antibodies. With skin testing, you receive a small dose of the allergen, and the team observes you to see if your skin responds positively with a small, red bump. Blood tests can also detect IgE and are used when skin tests are inappropriate for your situation.
Dietary and environmental changes are notable ways to improve allergy symptoms and help you improve your quality of life. Other alternative therapies are also available at Turtle Healing Band Clinic.
If you’re at risk for anaphylactic shock, the team can prescribe an epinephrine auto-injector that relieves symptoms right away and gives you time to seek medical attention.
If you’re bothered by symptoms that suggest you have allergies, Turtle Healing Band Clinic can help. Call the office today to schedule an appointment, or you can request an evaluation online at any time.