Allergies Specialist

Medinet Family Care Clinic

Urgent Care located in Houston, TX

If you suffer from allergies, you know that without proper treatment they can be truly debilitating. At Medinet Family Care Clinic, Bharat Gandhi, MD, offers men, women, and children living in Houston, Texas, comprehensive allergy treatment to not only manage any outbreaks, but to also keep allergic reactions under control. Schedule an appointment today by phone or online for a full allergy management plan.

Allergies

What are allergies?

Allergies refer to when your immune system has a strong reaction to substances in your environment, such as pollen or food. Many people aren’t affected by environmental factors, though, for some, they are critical trigger points for allergic reactions.

Allergies vary in intensity from person to person. For instance, some people’s allergic reaction can manifest itself in the form of a runny nose or itchy eyes, while others can go into an anaphylactic shock and require emergency treatment.

If left unaddressed, allergies can profoundly impact your everyday life. Dr. Gandhi works closely with you to determine the best allergy management plan to allow you to live your life comfortably, with as few outbreaks as possible.

What are the different types of allergies?

Allergies can take many different forms and can be caused by a wide range of substances. Common allergies include:

  • Food allergy
  • Skin allergy
  • Dust allergy
  • Insect sting allergy
  • Pet allergy
  • Eye allergy
  • Drug allergies
  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • Latex allergy
  • Mold allergy
  • Sinus infection
  • Cockroach allergy

How do I know if I have allergies?

Each allergy exhibits different symptoms. Your reaction can trigger asthma, affect the condition of your skin, or take hold of your entire body. The most common symptoms of allergies include:

Food allergy

Food allergies require you to be highly vigilant of the food you ingest. You run the risk of breaking out in hives, they may cause your mouth to tingle and swell, or they can provoke anaphylactic shock.

Hay fever

Hay fever exhibits symptoms similar to the common cold, including:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Asthma

Insect sting allergy

The sting of insects can also cause an allergic reaction. In these cases, you’ll want to get prompt medical attention. Common symptoms include:

  • Hives or itching
  • Swelling in the bite area
  • Wheezing, coughing, or chest tightness
  • Anaphylaxis

How do you diagnose and treat allergies?

Dr. Gandhi has expertise in treating all kinds of allergies. First, he studies your symptoms to recommend appropriate treatment to control your allergy.

To do so, he might perform an allergy skin test, which exposes your skin to allergens. Your body’s reaction then allows your doctor to determine what you’re allergic to. He might also order a blood test to achieve similar results.

Dr. Gandhi can give you prescriptions pills, nasal sprays, and eye drops to manage your symptoms. You might also benefit from an epinephrine shot if you’re prone to anaphylactic reactions.

The most common treatment involves antihistamines, which help your body fight off the allergic reaction.

If you’d like to find out what you’re allergic to, get in touch with Medinet Family Care Clinic today by phone or online to schedule an allergy test.