Allergies Specialist

Validus Health and Wellness Center -  - Medical Clinic

Validus Health and Wellness Center

Medical Clinic located in Boerne, TX

Nasal allergies affect about 50 million people in the United States each year and they are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the country. If you’re one of the many adult allergy sufferers, the experts at Validus Health and Wellness Center in Boerne, Texas, can help you find relief. The trained medical professionals evaluate your symptoms, determine the causes of your allergies, and offer comprehensive medical and holistic treatment options. Take the first step in getting relief from allergies once and for all. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Allergies Q & A

Validus Health and Wellness Center

What causes allergies in adults?

There are two types of allergies: indoor and outdoor. Each comes with their own set of triggers which can cause sinus passages to swell and make you feel uncomfortable. The most common indoor/outdoor allergy triggers are:

  • Grass, tree, or weed pollen
  • Mold spores
  • Dust mites
  • Cockroaches
  • Cat or dog dander and saliva

Additionally, some people also experience skin allergies such as eczema, hives, or a rash. Plants are the most common triggers of skin allergies. Foods, latex, and pet dander or saliva can also cause the skin to react.

Some people are allergic to medications, such as penicillin, or insect stings from bees and wasps. These two types of allergies and food allergies are the most likely to cause a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction.

How do I know if I have a food allergy?

Food allergies affect about 3% of the adult population, and about 5% of children, because many kids outgrow food allergies as they get older. For many adults, though, food allergies can be a lifelong condition. The most common food allergies are peanuts, eggs, wheat, milk, tree nuts, soy, fish, and shellfish.

Some people have food intolerances, which are not actually allergies. A true food allergy is an immune system reaction to a protein in a food that the body identifies as harmful. The best way to find out whether your issue is a food intolerance or a food allergy is to have the experts at Validus Health and Wellness Center test you. Once diagnosed, you can receive the specific treatment options for that allergy, including dietary avoidance.

What causes eye allergies?

Pollen, mold, dust mites, and pet dander can also cause eye allergies and irritations, both indoors and outdoors. The symptoms of eye allergies often include:

  • Redness, itching, or burning
  • Puffy eyelids
  • Excess tearing
  • Gritty feeling in eyes

Eye allergy symptoms are sometimes accompanied by runny nose, sneezing, coughing, or a sinus headache.

How can I get relief from allergies?

The first step is to identify your allergens -- the things you’re allergic to. Once you’ve been tested and you know what triggers cause your symptoms, you can take precautions to avoid or eliminate these triggers from your environment whenever possible. The medical professionals at Validus Health and Wellness Center can prescribe any necessary medications or natural remedies such as nasal lavage, which flushes the sinus passages.

As with any condition, treating the cause of your allergies is the best way to get long-term relief from annoying symptoms. Call or go online to schedule a consultation so you can find out how to get relief from allergies, rather than just masking your symptoms.