Allergies can sometimes be challenging to diagnose. An allergy doctor is trained to identify the specific triggers causing allergic reactions and can differentiate between allergies and other similar conditions.

They can educate you or your child about allergies, triggers, and how to manage symptoms effectively. You can also depend on them to provide guidance on emergency action plans and when to seek immediate medical attention in case of severe allergic reactions.

Why Visit an Allergy Doctor?

If you or your child have allergies, it’s important to find the right medical professional to help them keep persistent symptoms under control. Allergies indicate that your immune system has kicked into overdrive, overreacting to harmless substances. In this case, your body may release chemicals that cause allergy symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, hives, and watery eyes.

Common allergens like dust, mold spores, pollen, insect bites, medications, and foods may lead to severe symptoms, and, for some, even anaphylactic shock. Visit an allergy doctor at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine to help you or your child overcome allergies and other immune system problems.
Our team includes allergy doctors who treat all ages

Allergists/Immunologists go to medical school, complete a primary residency training in pediatrics or internal medicine, then two years of fellowship focusing their studies on allergies and immunology. This training makes them the ideal choice to help you or your child get your symptoms under control and enjoy a fuller life.

What Conditions Does a Allergy Doctor Treat?

Allergy doctors use special tests to pinpoint your allergies. These tests have evolved into convenient, nearly pain-free procedures. Once your doctor determines the source of the symptoms, you can adjust your habits, diet, or environment appropriately.

Treatment may include allergy shots or other medication to keep your immune system in check. Tests and effective treatments are a winning combination in the battle to keep allergies from threatening your health.

Here are some of the allergic reactions treated at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine:

  • Allergic conjunctivitis: Caused by airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, and mold, this condition includes red, itchy, and watery eyes.
  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever): Also caused by airborne allergens, this condition affects the nose and throat. Symptoms include constant sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, and a sore throat.
  • Anaphylaxis: This life-threatening allergic reaction may impact multiple organs and systems in your body. Allergens that trigger this severe reaction include certain foods, insect stings, medications, and latex. If you have hives or swelling in the face, throat, or tongue, they may be in anaphylactic shock. Other symptoms include difficulty breathing, nausea, and potential loss of consciousness. Epineprhine devices and other emergency treatments may save your life in case of a severe reaction.
  • Angioedema (hereditary and acquired): This condition includes fluid leakage from blood vessels. Common causes include certain foods, medications, or insect stings. It can also run in families. Symptoms include pain, itching, and discomfort in the face, hands, feet, or genitals. In some cases, in may lead to difficulty breathing.
  • Asthma: This chronic condition involves the inflammation and narrowing of your bronchial tubes. Triggers include allergens, infections, exercise, and stress. Typically, respiratory distress is the main symptom.
  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema): An overactive immune system sometimes causes dry, itchy, and red skin patches. Stress, infections, and irritants can cause this allergic reaction to flare up. In severe cases, you may develop cracked, bleeding skin. Moisturizers, topical treatments, and other newer medications may help clear the affected areas.
  • Contact dermatitis (contact eczema): Contact with allergens, such as metals, cosmetics, detergents, and plants may cause eczema to develop. This can be evaluated with patch testing. Your allergy doctor may prescribe antihistamines or other treatment and recommend substances to avoid.
  • Food allergies: Common food allergies include peanuts, tree nuts, milk, and eggs, to name a few. Hives, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and anaphylaxis are some of the possible symptoms you may experience if they have a food allergy. Blood and skin tests help your doctor diagnose and treat various food allergies.
  • Mast cell disorders: Mast cells are blood cells that release histamines and other chemicals in your body. This can lead to genetic mutations and may affect your organs. Symptoms include flushing, itching, hives, angioedema, anaphylaxis, abdominal pain, and many other reactions.
  • Urticaria: If you have red, itchy welts on your skin, it could be an allergic reaction commonly called hives. Alternatively, there is also a chronic medical condition, known as chronic urticaria, that allergists treat.

Whether you find us on your own or through your primary care provider, rest assured that our team will work tirelessly to help your child get the treatment they need to deal with their allergy symptoms.

Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine has compassionate and knowledgeable pediatric allergy doctors to help you find and treat the cause of you or your child’s discomfort. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about our programs and services.