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Allergies Specialist

Clinica San Miguel

Family Medicine located in San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Arlington, Fresno, & Pasadena, TX

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as many as 50 million Americans experience some form of allergic reaction each year. Those in Texas can rely on Clinica San Miguel for relief, with 12 locations throughout the state, including three in Dallas, five in Houston, and one each in Fresno, Arlington, San Antonio, and Pasadena. Don’t suffer from allergy symptoms when help is available. Call or click today to book a personalized visit.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are actually an impressive display of your body’s natural immune function. That said, it’s difficult to appreciate your innate immune function when you’re dealing with symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Allergies occur when your immune system mistakenly launches a strong attack against a substance (allergen) that is not typically harmful to humans. Your body creates antibodies to fight off an infection, the same way that your system works after getting a vaccine. 

When this response happens after exposure to a harmless substance, however, your body will create symptoms every time you encounter that substance in the future. This is why allergies are so disruptive. 

What are some common allergens?

Many different substances can trigger an allergic reaction. Some people are only sensitive to one or two allergens, while others experience an allergic reaction when exposed to numerous substances. The team at Clinica San Miguel can help you determine the root cause of reactions you may be experiencing.

Some common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Shellfish
  • Household chemicals
  • Grass
  • Eggs
  • Bee stings
  • Latex
  • Penicillin
  • Mold

These are just some of the allergens that can trigger an allergic reaction. If you experience allergy symptoms like sudden swelling, skin changes, breathing difficulties, or stomach pain, reach out to Clinica San Miguel to schedule a diagnostic exam.

What can be done to treat allergies?

The family medicine specialists at Clinica San Miguel can help you learn which substances provoke an attack so you can take steps to avoid exposure. This is easier with allergens like cigarette smoke or latex but very challenging with others like pollen, dust mites, or foods. 

Immunotherapy is an excellent option for treating allergies. The process works by exposing your immune system to small volumes of allergens to develop a tolerance. Over time, your immune system will react less intensely when encountering that allergen in full strength. Your provider may also prescribe certain medications to ease your allergy symptoms, in the form of pills, eye drops, nasal sprays, or liquids. 

The team at Clinica San Miguel believes that everyone deserves access to top-quality care and is proud to deliver consistent, compassionate care to the Hispanic community. If you’d like to be tested for allergies or are searching for a new treatment path, call Clinica San Miguel to set up a visit. Online booking is also an option and takes just moments to complete.