Allergies are a year-round problem in Southern California, and it can be challenging to manage the symptoms on your own. At West Coast ENT, our team of Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, CA, allergy specialists can help.

What are Allergies?

Allergies are a sign that your body is responding to a foreign substance that has come into contact with your mucous membranes or skin. An allergic response is described as an overreaction of your immune system in an attempt to prevent the substance from going further into your body. Allergies are intended to protect you, but the symptoms can make life miserable.

Types of Allergies

Because each person is different, there is an almost unlimited number of allergies. The most common types of allergies that we treat at our Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, CA, allergy clinics are:

● Pollen
● Mold
● Pet dander, odors, and urine
● Food
● Insect bites and stings
● Latex
● Medications

Symptoms of Allergies and Allergic Reactions

Allergies and allergic reactions cause short-term and chronic symptoms, such as:

● Red, watery, itching eyes
● Runny nose and congestion
● Sore throat
● Skin rashes and hives
● Sneezing
● Coughing
● Wheezing
● GI problems
● Swelling
● Problems breathing
● Feeling lightheaded and fainting
● Anxiety
● Anaphylaxis shock in the most severe cases

Treatment for Your Allergies

Treatment for allergies starts with finding out what substances are causing your symptoms. This involves a physical examination, a review of your medical history, and a discussion about the possible triggers. We may also recommend an allergy test to gain more insights about what causes your allergies.

We use a progressive approach when treating allergies. The process begins by identifying ways that you can avoid offending substances. Based on the results, we may recommend medication to manage your symptoms. If you continue to suffer troublesome symptoms, we may recommend immunotherapy to help your body respond in a more appropriate and manageable way.

If you suffer from allergies, get the treatment you need from the Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Camarillo, CA, allergy specialists at West Coast ENT. Schedule an appointment today at one of our convenient locations. Call (805) 379-9646 for our Thousand Oaks, CA, office. You can reach our Simi Valley, CA, office at (805) 527-7320 and our Oxnard, CA, office at (805) 983-0395. Call (805) 484-5929 to schedule an appointment at our Camarillo, CA, office.