Allergies Specialist

Front Range Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Medical Aesthetics Specialists located in Colorado Springs, CO

Each year, more than 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies. If you suspect you or your child may have an allergy, the medical team at Front Range Family Medicine in Colorado Springs, Colorado, can zero in on the cause and get you started on a long-term treatment. For expert diagnosis and treatment, call or book an appointment online.

Allergies Q&A

What are the most common allergies?

Anytime your body reacts to a foreign substance by producing antibodies, it’s called an allergy, and that foreign substance officially becomes an allergen. What this means is that the list of potential allergens is almost too numerous to count. That said, most people are sensitive to a few categories of common allergens, including:

  • Foods
  • Pet dander
  • Environmental allergens (dust, mold, pollen)
  • Insect stings
  • Latex
  • Medications

What causes allergies?

Your allergies are caused when your body views a foreign substance as a hostile presence and your immune system kicks in to fight it off -- which causes an allergic reaction. Why your body considers something bad for you when it’s really not harmful remains somewhat of a mystery.

What medical researchers have uncovered are links to the environment, genetics, and age. Allergies also seemed to be linked to asthma.

Children are more prone to allergies, which may be due to the fact that, as they develop, their immune systems are constantly sorting through the assault of new substances trying to figure out what may pose a threat and what doesn’t.

Adults may get allergies when their immune systems are weakened, such as after pregnancy or an illness.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

This question is hard to answer because of the myriad forms that allergies take. The most common symptoms for the most prevalent allergies include:

  • Hay fever -- sneezing, watery and/or itchy eyes, runny nose
  • Food allergy -- hives, swelling or tingling in your mouth, anaphylaxis
  • Drug allergy -- hives, swelling, rash, trouble breathing, anaphylaxis
  • Insect allergy -- swelling, hives, itchiness, anaphylaxis
  • Skin allergy -- rash, itchiness, flaky and/or red skin

How are allergies treated?

In order to treat your allergies, the team at Front Range Family Medicine first performs allergy testing to make sure that they have the right culprits behind your symptoms. Once the allergen is identified, the providers turn to sublingual immunotherapy, also called SLIT or sublingual allergy drops.

Rather than fighting off your allergies with injections, or simply managing the symptoms as they crop up, SLIT is used to build up your body’s immunity against the allergen. Using the SLIT technique, small doses of the allergen are placed under your tongue to slowly boost your tolerance.

If allergies are interfering with your life, call Front Range Family Medicine, or schedule an appointment online using the easy booking tool.