Allergies services offered in Venice, Sarasota, Bradenton and Ellenton, FL

Allergies affect millions of people worldwide and remain one of the most common reasons for work-related disruptions, absences, and doctors’ visits. At Primary Care of Venice in Venice, Florida, the skilled medical team provides comprehensive allergy management, ensuring you can thrive without the burden of allergy-related challenges and complications. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to receive a thorough allergy evaluation and effective care.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are the result of an overreaction from your immune system. The immune system is a complex network of cells and tissues that work together to protect against harmful invaders — bacteria, viruses, germs, and other pathogens. Its primary role is to attack these invaders while preserving your body’s healthy cells and tissues.

An allergy can develop when your immune system fails to make this distinction. When it comes into contact with a specific allergen (the substance you’re allergic to), it releases histamines and other chemicals that trigger uncomfortable and sometimes severe symptoms.

Are there different types of allergies?

Many types of allergies can affect your health and comfort, including:

  • Food allergies
  • Skin allergies
  • Medication allergies
  • Latex allergies
  • Respiratory allergies
  • Insect sting allergies
  • Allergic conjunctivitis
  • Exercise-induced allergies

Many things can trigger allergy symptoms, from pet dander and mold to allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and peanuts. Understanding your triggers is the first step in managing allergies and preventing complications.

What are the main warning signs of allergies?

Symptoms typically depend on the type and severity of allergy you have. Telltale signs of allergies include:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy, red, watery eyes
  • Skin rashes
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergy complication that requires emergency care. Symptoms can develop suddenly and often include an immediate drop in blood pressure, difficulty breathing, and loss of consciousness.

Will allergies ever go away on their own?

You can outgrow allergies, but this is more common in children with food sensitivities. While allergies can go away on their own, you’re more likely to develop new allergies than naturally outgrow them. Regular testing and monitoring can help track changes over time to ensure you continue receiving the most effective care for your condition.

I have allergies. What are my treatment options?

Treatment options depend on the type and severity of your allergies. Managing allergies and preventing complications typically involve a combination approach to care that may include:

  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Nasal corticosteroids
  • Leukotriene modifiers
  • Eye drops
  • Immunotherapy

Trigger avoidance is one of the most effective ways to minimize allergic reactions. Your doctor works with you to develop a personalized plan that manages your allergies and helps you enjoy a better quality of life with fewer symptoms.

Call Primary Care of Venice today or schedule an appointment online to discuss your symptoms and receive a comprehensive evaluation.