The Different Types of Allergies

Allergic reactions such as sneezing, nasal drainage, and itchy skin can make life miserable. And a severe allergy can threaten your life. Unfortunately, unless you identify your allergy, finding the right treatment can be a hit-or-miss proposition that leaves you suffering in silence as you try one pill after another without relief.

Our board-certified experts at Premier Allergy & Asthma specialize in accurately identifying your allergy triggers and designing a customized treatment strategy that works for you. These talented physicians provide the latest and most effective allergy relief for residents in and around Dublin, Westerville, Canal Winchester, Lancaster, Marysville, Delaware, New Albany, Hilliard, Grove City, and Grandview, Ohio.

Read what our experts have to say about the different types of allergies.

Allergy basics

Allergies occur when your immune system mistakenly identifies certain substances (allergens) in the environment or food/beverages you consume as toxic to your overall health. This triggers an immune response that causes the symptoms associated with allergies.

Allergy treatment

The goal of allergy treatment is to reduce this faulty immune reaction and thus relieve your symptoms. Some medications, such as antihistamines, corticosteroids, and decongestants, work to counteract the symptoms of allergies. Immunotherapy, on the other hand, desensitizes your immune system so that it does not overreact to certain allergens.

At Premier Allergy & Asthma, rather than providing a cookie-cutter treatment strategy for individuals with allergies, we design therapy that depends on the type and severity of your allergic response. Thus, identifying your specific allergies via allergy testing is a vital step in developing an effective treatment plan for your allergies.

Different types of allergies

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that about 50 million Americans experience allergic reactions every year. These reactions may be caused by any of these types of allergies:

Pollen allergies

Very often referred to as environmental allergies, seasonal allergies, or hay fever, this type of allergy can be triggered by seasonal pollen production from trees, grasses, weeds, or flowers. Depending on your trigger, you may experience symptoms in the spring, fall, or year-round.

Pet allergies

If you have a pet allergy, your symptoms are triggered by certain proteins in the animal’s saliva, urine, or dead skin cells (dander).

Food allergies

Various foods can cause an allergic reaction. It’s very important to identify the food causing your reaction and to differentiate between a true allergy and a food intolerance. The symptoms of either are somewhat similar, but treatment for an allergy, which may cause a life-threatening emergency (anaphylaxis), versus an intolerance varies greatly.

Insect allergies

Common culprits for these allergic reactions are wasps, bees, and other stinging insects. However, exposure to insects such as cockroaches and dust mites can also trigger allergy symptoms.

Mold allergies

Mold and mildew occur indoors as well as outside. Depending on your level of exposure, molds can trigger allergy symptoms all year long.

Latex allergies

Disposable gloves, balloons, condoms, and other similar products can contain latex. This allergy is one that’s known to cause anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening emergency. Fortunately, many latex-free products are available.

Drug allergies

Most reactions to medication are related to expected side effects, but in about 5-10% of cases, the reaction is due to a true drug allergy.    

For real relief from your allergy symptoms, schedule an evaluation at Premier Allergy & Asthma today. We can accurately identify your allergy and design an individual treatment strategy that fits your needs. Request an appointment online or call the office of your choice.

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