Allergies are the scourge of over 50 million Americans each year, and in addition to causing discomfort, they can turn deadly. Ask anyone who carries an epinephrine injector for bee stings when they go outside or the parent of a child with peanut sensitivity.
Whether you’re suffering from a skin reaction, sneezing and itchy eyes, trouble breathing, or another allergy symptom, don’t simply be resigned to your fate. Family Health Center of Bastrop provides the most advanced allergy testing and treatment available.
Our allergy specialist, Dr. Ronald Cox has extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide range of allergic conditions. He’s an active member of both the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology and the Joint Council of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology.
Your immune system is an amazing defensive weapon, but if it goes into overdrive after recognizing a common substance as a threat, you experience an allergic reaction. And some allergy symptoms can be downright scary.
Depending on how your system reacts, you can suffer from rashes or hives, cramping and diarrhea, sneezing and itchy eyes, or even swelling of your throat and airway.
We work to tame and eliminate your allergy symptoms by closely analyzing your overall medical history, family history of allergies, and current symptoms. Combining what we learn with comprehensive allergy testing allows us to devise a treatment plan designed specifically for you.
You can be allergic to just one thing or have multiple sensitivities. Allergens that are highly common include:
People with one type of allergy have an increased risk of becoming allergic to other things, especially allergens in the same group, such as foods, animals, plants, or medications.
An important step in getting your allergies under control is allergy testing. There are several different types of allergy tests that can help diagnose your triggers. Sometimes it’s necessary to diagnose certain types of allergies with a blood test. Food allergies are often discovered by using an elimination diet.
Skin tests are still one of the most common methods. Many doctors use tiny needles that have allergens on them to prick small areas of skin. Allergies can also be detected by applying patches with allergens on them to your skin or applying them with tiny brushes, and watching how it reacts.
Dr. Cox uses a needle-free testing system so you don’t need to worry if you’re uncomfortable with needles. Testing lets us learn what you’re allergic to, and the amount of irritation that emerges reveals your allergy’s severity.
No matter how Dr. Cox arrives at his allergy diagnosis, he treats you with compassion and allows you the time you need to ask questions.
In addition to allergy medications like antihistamines, decongestants, topical skin medications, and nasal rinses, allergy immunotherapy can help desensitize you to certain allergens over time.
When you opt for allergy immunotherapy treatment, Dr. Cox injects minute, controlled amounts of an allergen into your body. Each successive shot contains a little more of the allergen, which allows your body to build an immunity to the allergen gradually.
If allergies are making you miserable, contact the office in Bastrop, Texas, to schedule your allergy test.