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Allergies Specialist

Cima Medical Centers

Family and Internal Medicine Practice located in Las Vegas, NV

Well over 50 million children and adults suffer from allergies. For family medical care for common problems like allergies, rely on the expert team at Cima Medical Centers. With an onsite lab, the team, led by Israel Alvarado, MD, and Robert Webb, PA, identifies your allergens and provides short- and long-term remedies to help you or a loved one. Call one of the four convenient locations in Las Vegas, Nevada, or book your allergy appointment online today.

Allergies Q & A

What causes allergies?

Allergies are brought on by an overactive immune system. Your immune system may mistakenly treat generally harmless substances like pollen or dust as deadly invaders, or it might overreact when exposed to mold or insect venom.

Your immune system's overreaction triggers a wave of antibodies to attack and destroy the allergen. This concerted attack, unfortunately, also produces an assortment of unpleasant allergy symptoms. 

In serious cases, some allergens may cause anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Seek medical attention immediately if this happens to you or a loved one.

What causes allergies?

A variety of substances, foods, and airborne particles can trigger allergies. Common allergens include:

  • Pet dander
  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Detergents
  • Mold
  • Dry weather
  • Itchy fabrics

Bug bites also may trigger an allergic reaction.

What are common allergy symptoms?

You may experience one or more of these symptoms with allergies:

  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Rashes
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Itchy nose 
  • Swelling around your eyes

You also may feel tired if you have allergies because your symptoms may make it difficult to get a good night's sleep.

How do I know what I'm allergic to?

One of the chief means to check for allergies is a skin prick test. Your provider at Cima Medical Centers applies a diluted allergen to your skin, making a tiny prick. They wait for 20 minutes to see if redness or swelling occurs at the puncture site, indicating whether you're allergic to that substance or not.

In some instances, they may suggest a blood test for allergies. Once the team at Cima Medical Centers has pinpointed your trigger or triggers, they work with you to help you avoid these allergens. 

What are the treatments for allergies?

Cima Medical Centers helps you create a plan to avoid your triggers and suggests appropriate short- and long-term medications to ease your allergy symptoms. Long-term treatment involves immunotherapy, or what's often called allergy shots. 

Immunotherapy gradually desensitizes your immune system to an allergen or allergens to significantly reduce your symptoms. Immunotherapy is administered via a series of injections or with a tablet placed under your tongue.

You don’t need to suffer from allergy symptoms when Cima Medical Centers offers allergy screening and treatment. Call the location nearest to you today, or book a consultation online.