Allergies affect millions of Americans every year and cause a range of symptoms that have a significant impact on your quality of life. Though there is no cure for allergies, there are many effective treatments that help control allergy symptoms. Board-certified internal medicine physician Suresh Malik, MD, and the team at Quality Primary Care in Rockville, Maryland, specializing in the diagnosis and management of allergies. They take an integrative approach to care and design plans that focus on your total health, not just your allergies. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

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Allergies Q & A

Allergies are a common problem that can affect many people. They can be caused by different things, such as food or substances in the environment and food. In this blog post, we’ll look at the different kinds of allergies that people may experience and offer some advice for managing and preventing them.

Food allergies happen when the body’s immune system reacts to a specific protein in a particular food like nuts or seafood. The most common food allergens include peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish,, and walnuts. Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild -like hives or an itchy mouth to severe (like anaphylaxis, a very serious reaction that can make it hard to breathe by swelling of mucous membranes and cause a sudden drop in blood pressure).

Environmental allergies, also called allergies to substances in the environment (like pollen, mold, and pet dander), are triggered by exposure to these substances. These allergies can cause symptoms like sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, and nasal congestion. If you have allergies, there are a few things you can do to manage and prevent them: Avoid the substance that causes your allergylike ollens .

If you have a food allergy, this means not eating the food that triggers your symptoms. If you have environmental allergies, it might mean staying inside on days when pollen counts are high or keeping the windows of your car and the home closed to keep pollen out of your home. Use allergy medicatias on a needed basis and follow your PCP’s advice.

Over-the-counter and prescription medications like Allegra can help relieve allergy symptoms. These include antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays including fluticasone, Use air purifiers. Air purifiers can help remove allergens from the air in your home, which can help reduce allergy symptoms. Wash bedding and clothing regularly as well cleaning your nostrils before sleeping helps.

Pollen and other allergens can build up on bedding and clothing, so it’s important to wash these items regularly to remove them. Using a humidifier is highly recommended. Dry air can make allergy symptoms worse, so using a humidifier can add moisture to the air and reduce symptoms, and sleeping away from draft air keeps mucosa wet. By following these tips and working with your healthcare provider Dr. Suresh malik, at Quality Primary Care you can manage and prevent allergies and live a healthier, more comfortable life.