Nizar A Tejani, MD PC
Primary Care & Infectious Disease Specialist located in Stockbridge, GA
Allergies can cause sinus issues, rashes, itching, wheezing, and other disruptive issues. At Nizar A. Tejani MD PC, the private practice of experienced internal medicine and infectious diseases specialist Nizar Tejani, MD, MPH, you find effective solutions for allergies and improved whole-person health. Call the Stockbridge, Georgia, office or click on the online booking link to make your appointment now.
What are allergies?
Allergies are an immune system reaction to a normally harmless substance. There are many different types of allergies, including:
- Pollen allergies
- Pet allergies
- Latex allergies
- Mold allergies
- Insect allergies
- Skin allergies
- Drug allergies
- Food allergies
When you have allergies, you may experience varying uncomfortable reactions shortly after contact with a certain substance.
What are the symptoms of allergies?
Allergy symptoms can vary widely with the specific substance and situation. Some of the more common symptoms may include:
- Sinus issues like sneezing, runny nose, and stuffy nose
- Allergic asthma: Difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, and other lung issues
- Allergic eczema: Skin issues like rash, bumps, or itchiness
- Tingling, swelling, or numbness in the mouth
Some symptoms may look like allergies but actually stem from another source. For example, a skin infection called cellulitis may cause red and swollen skin, but both symptoms are common in allergic eczema.
In addition, some conditions aren’t allergies themselves but can still occur alongside allergies. For example, you can have a nonallergic form of asthma — one triggered by factors like respiratory infections — and still have allergies at the same time.
To understand exactly what type of allergies you’re dealing with and how to manage them, diagnosis is the first step.
How are allergies diagnosed?
Allergy diagnosis includes a physical exam, medical history, and full symptom discussion. Dr. Tejani asks a number of detailed questions, such as the range of symptoms, when they usually occur, and how you normally manage them at home.
You may need skin prick, blood, or patch tests to find the underlying allergic triggers. Dr. Tejani may also perform tests to check your breathing and lung capacity.
If you have skin bumps, swelling, or other issues, Dr. Tejani may take a small sample of skin cells for testing. This can help to diagnose skin conditions, both allergic and nonallergic.
How are allergies treated?
If you have clearly identifiable allergy triggers, Dr. Tejani can recommend lifestyle changes to minimize your exposure to the substance.
Oral medication can help to manage many types of allergies, and some people may need allergy shots (immunotherapy). Skin allergies may require topical creams, ointments, or lotions. If you have asthma, you typically need inhaler medications both for asthma attacks and daily prevention.
Ultimately, your allergy treatment is as individual as your allergies. Dr. Tejani can help you find the solution for greatly reduced symptoms and improved quality of life.
Book your appointment by calling Nizar A. Tejani MD PC, or click the provided scheduling link now.