OPES Health Channelside

Dentists & Primary Care Practice located in Tampa, FL

Allergies classify as the sixth-leading cause of chronic illness in America, but Victor Cruz, MD provides the Tampa, Florida region with assistance. At OPĒS Health Channelside, he offers testing to determine allergies of people of all ages and then prescribes an injectable or oral treatment to stop their itchy eyes, sneezing, and coughing. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cruz through the online scheduling form or by calling the practice to manage your allergy symptoms.

Allergies Q & A

What causes allergies?

Allergies occur when your immune system has a reaction to a foreign substance that enters your body. Any time your body comes in contact with the allergen, you have a skin, respiratory, digestive, or systemic reaction.  

It’s not exactly known why people have allergies. Those who have a family history have a greater risk. Additionally, children are at increased risk, as are people who have asthma or another allergic condition.

What are the most common allergies?

Pollen, dust mites, mold, and animal dander are common airborne allergens. You could have a food allergy such as soy, tree nuts, fish, or eggs.

Some people are allergic to medications, insect bites, or latex.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

The symptoms you experience from allergies depend on the type of allergy you have.

Hay fever

Hay fever is an allergic reaction that occurs when you inhale a substance you’re allergic to. Symptoms of hay fever are:

  • Sneezing
  • A runny nose
  • Itchy nose, roof of the mouth, or eyes
  • Watery, red, or swollen eyes

Food allergy

Symptoms of a food allergy include:

  • Tingling in your mouth
  • Hives
  • Swelling in your tongue, face, throat, or lips
  • Anaphylaxis

Insect sting

If you’re allergic to a bee sting or insect bite, you might experience:

  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Swelling
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anaphylaxis

Drug allergy

A drug allergy can cause:

  • Hives or rash
  • Itchy skin
  • Facial swelling
  • Wheezing
  • Fever
  • Anaphylaxis

How does a physician determine your allergies?

Typically, you won’t know if you have a drug, food, or insect sting allergy until you come in contact with the allergen. In most cases, you know if you have hay fever because you start experiencing an itchy nose, sneezing, or watery eyes when you come in contact with a potential irritant.

If you need further testing, Dr. Cruz may order on-site allergy testing that consists of him pricking your skin and exposing you to a small amount of the protein found in potential allergens. In some cases, he may order a blood test to measure the amount of allergy-causing antibodies in your system.

What are treatments for allergies?

Dr. Cruz may prescribe an injectable drug that prevents you from reacting to the allergen, or he may prescribe an oral medication to take on a regular basis.

Control your allergies by scheduling an appointment online or by calling OPĒS Health Channelside.

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