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Environmental Allergies

Environmental Allergies services offered in Scottsdale, AZ

If pollen, dust, mold, or other environmental allergens make it difficult for you to breathe, see the experts at Relieve Allergy, Asthma & Hives in Scottsdale, Arizona. Julie Wendt, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, FACP, DABOM, and the experienced team provide treatments for environmental allergies to reduce nasal congestion, sneezing, and other bothersome symptoms. Schedule an in-person or telemedicine evaluation by phone or online today for relief.

Environmental Allergies Q&A

What are environmental allergies?

Allergies affect up to 50 million Americans, as many allergens are present in the environment around you. Examples of common environmental allergens include:

  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander 
  • Dust 
  • Smoke
  • Foods
  • Insect stings

Other causes of allergic reactions include latex and some medications. Such reactions occur when your body negatively responds to allergens in the air or contact allergens that don’t bother many other people. 

What are the symptoms of environmental allergies?

The hallmark symptoms of environmental allergens include:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Hives
  • Itchy skin
  • Swelling

You may have asthma in addition to environmental allergies, which can lead to problems getting a full breath of air.

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening medical problem caused by allergens that lead to severe shortness of breath, the closing of your throat, shock, loss of consciousness, or even death when not addressed.

Receiving effective treatment for environmental allergies is the best way to avoid bothersome or severe complications. 

What are the risk factors for environmental allergies?

The cause of environmental allergies isn’t always known, but your risk increases if you have a family history of allergies. Your risk is also higher due to asthma, being a child, and early exposure to air pollution, cigarette smoke, or other airborne toxins.

How are environmental allergies diagnosed?

The Relieve Allergy, Asthma & Hives team reviews your symptoms and medical history to diagnose environmental allergies. They check your vital signs, listen to your breathing, and complete a physical exam.

Diagnostic tests that detect environmental allergens include skin prick tests, blood tests, patch testing, and lung-function tests to screen for asthma.

How are environmental allergies treated?

To minimize or eliminate the risk of worrisome symptoms, your allergist may suggest one or more of the following treatments:

  • Oral medicines
  • Allergy shots
  • Nasal sprays
  • Eye drops
  • Allergy avoidance
  • Food elimination diet
  • Carrying an epinephrine pen

An epinephrine pen containing an injection of medicine can eliminate life-threatening allergic reactions until you’re able to receive medical assistance. It’s often life-saving for people with severe environmental allergies.

Your provider follows up with you to ensure relief. They can refill medication prescriptions or alter your treatment plan whenever necessary. Don’t hesitate to call the Relieve Allergy, Asthma & Hives office any time with questions.

Schedule an in-person or telemedicine evaluation at Relieve Allergy, Asthma & Hives by phone or online today to get screened or treated for environmental allergies.