Achoo! 3 Signs It's Time To See an Allergist

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Determining When It’s Time To Speak To A Doctor About Your Allergies

If you suffer from allergies, it’s likely something you’ve put up with for a while. The itching, sneezing, and coughing that come along with allergies is enough to drive anyone crazy, and you may be thinking enough is enough! 

While over-the-counter antihistamines and sheer avoidance may have provided temporary relief in the past, it could be time to visit a doctor and look for a more permanent solution to your seasonal, perennial, or pet allergies. Follow along as we discuss the three tell-tale signs it’s time to step up your allergy treatment and visit a doctor. 

What causes allergies? 

Our immune system acts as a line of defense to protect our bodies against harmful substances we come into contact with. Sometimes, however, our immune system thinks that a substance is harmful, when in reality, it isn’t. 

When your body comes in contact with a substance that it has identified as a threat — such as allergens — it sets off a series of defense mechanisms to try and fight it off.  

So, the symptoms that you’re feeling — the itchy eyes, runny nose, and nasal congestion — are all signs your body is doing its job. 

“But is there a way to trick my immune system into not reacting when it comes into contact with an allergen?” Yes! Through a process called desensitization. 

Allergy Desensitization

Let’s be clear, being desensitized to allergens does not mean you are immune to allergens. It simply means that over time, your body has been introduced to allergens in a natural way, allowing it to lessen its reaction. Through frequent exposure, your body becomes desensitized to the allergens it once feared, allowing you to enjoy life to the fullest, without having to worry about allergies slowing you down.

However, to become desensitized to allergens, you must undergo allergy treatment from a doctor or specialty physician. Desensitization can’t be effectively accomplished with generic, over-the-counter allergy medication. After all, those types of “treatments” aren’t addressing the root of the cause. Instead, they are only masking the symptoms. 

Have you been masking your symptoms?

We understand that even just momentary relief from your allergy symptoms can feel so rewarding. But why experience relief for a mere moment if you can have it for the rest of your life? 

If you’re ready to say so-long to allergies, it’s time to visit a doctor. But if you still need convincing, here are three signs you’ve been putting it off for too long.

Signs It’s Time To Visit a Doctor About Your Allergies

1. Your symptoms won’t go away

Is it “just that time of year”? If you’ve tried everything to get relief, from over-the-counter meds to natural home remedies, and you’re constantly having to plan your life around your allergies, it’s time to see a specialist. 

It is important to listen to your body and what it is trying to tell you. An allergy specialist will be able to help determine why you aren’t able to get relief by conducting tests that reveal what triggers your allergies. They will also be able to offer new and advanced treatment options to help you experience relief from your symptoms. 

2. You’re developing new or worse symptoms 

“Can you develop allergies later in life?” Yes, you most certainly can.

Sometimes, your body develops allergies to a new substance and you aren’t even aware of it. Moving to a new area or introducing a pet into the family may trigger allergies you didn’t know had, causing your immune system to go into defense mode.

In addition to experiencing new symptoms, you may have noticed your symptoms worsening over time. More severe reactions to common allergens such as dust, pollen, and mold may prompt you to reconsider previous methods of allergy control and consult a specialist.

A doctor will be able to determine the cause of your new or worsening symptoms and recommend an allergy treatment that best suits your needs and lifestyle. With your symptoms under control, daily life becomes much more manageable.

3. Your allergies are decreasing your quality of life

Are your allergies causing you to avoid events with family and friends, miss out on once-in-a-lifetime moments, or force your hand on gut-wrenching decisions? Maybe your allergies are compelling you to re-home a beloved family pet, or stay indoors for your child’s outdoor birthday party. Or worse yet, your child has allergies that are causing them to miss out on simply being a kid. 

The fact of the matter is, allergies aren’t worth giving up the simple pleasures of life. When you find yourself accommodating more to your allergy symptoms rather than the activities, events, and moments in your life, it’s time to seek professional treatment.

If you are no longer able to carry out your day-to-day routine without the interruption of your allergy symptoms, an allergy specialist can help. They will be able to help you manage your symptoms as well as discuss available treatment options that are available to you. Best of all, they can help you get back to enjoying your life the way you deserve to. 

Knowing when you should visit an allergy doctor can be a tough decision to make, especially if your symptoms are mild and seemingly manageable. Many people go years living with their allergies before they decide to seek professional treatment. So we wonder, why wait?

Experience The Relief You Deserve

At ShotFree Allergy, we have revolutionized the way allergy sufferers and allergists treat seasonal, perennial, and pet allergies. Through our patented formula, you can experience targeted relief to your specific allergens in an easier, safer, and more natural way — and from the comfort of your own home!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Fill out our form to see if you qualify for our transdermal allergy cream treatment. If you do, you can then schedule an online appointment with one of our providers.
  2. During your appointment, you will discuss your symptoms and lifestyle, providing our doctors with the information they need to prescribe our transdermal immunotherapy (TdIT). Once prescribed, the cream will be sent directly to your door!
  3. For the first three months of treatment, we recommend applying the treatment in your doctor’s office at the first of every month. For children especially, this protects you in the event you experience an allergic reaction.
  4. After your introductory period, the cream can then be applied once a day, completely at home. No more doctor visits slowing you down!

That’s it! It really is that easy to treat the allergens that plague you most. Click the button below to get started and schedule your appointment with our online allergist.

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