Allergies

Sunny View Medical Center

Family Medicine Practice located in Phoenix, AZ

As a full-service medical practice, Sunny View Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona focuses on preventive medicine and wellness care including helping patients control their allergies. Self-management is an important part of living with allergies. The goal at Sunny View Medical Center is to provide proper screening and diagnosis of allergic problems with on-site allergy testing and allergy shots along with educating patients on how to avoid triggers.

Allergies Q & A

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What is an allergy?

Allergies are really malfunctions of the body. The immune system serves to guard you against foreign invaders sort of like a border patrol. For some people, the system reacts to a harmless substance erroneously labeling it dangerous with antibodies. Once antibodies form, you will continue to have an allergic reaction to that substance even though it presents no risk to you.

What are some common allergies?

Theoretically, anything can be an allergen or something that triggers an allergic reaction. However, there are certain common substances that tend to trigger reactions in more people. Common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Bee venom
  • Pet dander
  • Grasses & Weeds

It’s not well understood why these substances to trigger allergic reactions, though.

Are allergic reactions serious?

It varies from person to person, but some people have life-threatening reactions to allergic triggers. Once the immune system creates antibodies, they release chemicals to fight off the perceived danger. The immune system response can be anything from a minor rash to the throat swelling closed. The most serious reaction is called anaphylaxis and it is life-threatening.

What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction?

Again, these will vary not only from person to person but from allergen to allergen, as well. One person can react differently to each allergy. Shellfish may cause a rash while a bee sting is deadly, for example. Some common systems include:

  • Hives
  • Itchy skin
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, face or skin
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Tingling in the mouth
  • Wheezing
  • Reddening of the skin
  • Flaking or peeling skin

What are the signs of anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a true medical emergency. It can cause:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • A rapid and weak pulse
  • Vomiting
  • Swelling of the throat that interferes with breathing

How are allergies treated?

Avoidance is the best course of treatment but that’s not always possible, especially with seasonal allergies like hay fever. Medications like antihistamines can help manage the symptoms such as itching and congestion.

Severe allergies may require immunotherapy or allergy shots. The staff injects purified allergen extracts over time to help you develop a resistance to the allergen and reduce your symptoms. For life-threatening allergies, you may need to carry a pen that injects epinephrine into the body to counteract the severe reaction.

Some of our Accepted Insurances

Sunny View Medical Center accepts the following insurances. Please contact your specific plan to confirm that we are contracted with your specific network.

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Aetna
AIG
AIM
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
EBMS
GEHA
HealthNet
Medicare
UMR
UnitedHealthcare