Allergies

Airport Primary Care

Shashikant Daya, MD

Primary Care located in Atlanta, GA

Allergies and their symptoms can take a toll on your health and well-being. But you don’t have to live with sneezing, watery eyes, and a stuffy nose when simple treatment options are available at Airport Primary Care in Atlanta, Georgia. Shashikant Daya, MD, and his experienced team offer allergy and asthma testing and treatments to help you feel better so you can enjoy everyday activities symptom-free. Schedule an appointment with Airport Primary Care over the phone or online to learn more about your options.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies create a negative reaction in your body to substances that don’t cause problems in most other people. It’s your immune system’s response to one or more allergens, which are substances that cause allergic reactions. Common allergens include:

  • Certain foods
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Some medicines
  • Mold spores
  • Insect stings
  • Latex

While the cause of allergies isn’t entirely clear, your environment and genetics likely play roles. Dr. Daya and his team test for allergies and offer treatments to ease unpleasant symptoms.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

The following signs and symptoms may indicate you have allergies:

  • A runny, stuffy, or itchy nose
  • Watery, swollen, or red eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Facial or throat swelling
  • Hives, rash, or itchy skin
  • Swelling of your skin
  • Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest tightness
  • Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can cause drops in blood pressure, severe shortness of breath, lightheadedness, a weak pulse, and even loss of consciousness.

Eczema is a skin reaction associated with itchy, dry, flaking, red, or peeling skin. Asthma, which may accompany allergies, often causes difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing.

How are allergies diagnosed?

Dr. Daya and his team review your medical history and symptoms and complete a comprehensive physical exam. They use specialized tests to determine what, if anything, you’re allergic to or if you have asthma.

During a skin prick test, your provider exposes your skin to tiny amounts of proteins present in potential allergens. A raised skin bump, or hive, is the sign of an allergic reaction. Dr. Daya can diagnose eczema after examining your skin.

Asthma diagnostic tests include pulmonary function tests, or breathing tests, in which your provider tests lung function before and after inhaling medications.

How are allergies treated?

After determining what you’re allergic to or if you have asthma, Dr. Daya and his team might recommend:

Avoidance

Avoiding foods, latex, or other substances you’re allergic to helps prevent unpleasant or dangerous allergic reactions.

Medications

Taking certain medications can reduce your immune system’s response to allergens. Dr. Daya might recommend pills, nasal sprays, eye drops, liquid medicines, an inhaler for asthma, or topical creams to treat eczema.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy, or allergy shots, contain purified allergen extracts. Dr. Daya and his team administer these shots over a period of several years. Immunotherapy is also available as a tablet that dissolves under your tongue.

Epinephrine shots

Dr. Daya might recommend you keep an epinephrine pen, or allergy medicine you can inject, with you at all times to prevent anaphylaxis if you have a severe allergy. Emergency epinephrine helps reduce life-threatening symptoms until you can get the medical treatment you need.

Don’t let unpleasant allergy symptoms reduce your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Airport Primary Care over the phone or online to get tested and treated for allergies, asthma, or eczema.