The Alpine Allergy Clinic is proud to offer comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment to allow patients to break free of their allergy symptoms. Our dedicated medical professionals have seen countless successes with the use of sublingual therapy (allergy drops) and subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots) in both our Fort Collins and Loveland offices.
Contact our offices at (970) 221-1177 for more information or to schedule your visit.
Facts About Allergies:
- More than 50 million Americans are affected by allergies each year
- Allergies are among the top ten causes of chronic illness in the U.S.
- Allergy-related conditions are the most common health issue affecting children in the U.S.
- Children with one allergic parent have a 30%-50% chance of developing allergies and children with two allergic parents have a 60%-80% chance of developing allergies
- An allergy occurs when the body’s immune system identifies a foreign substance as potentially harmful and reacts to that intrusion
- There are numerous types of allergens, including: drug, food, insects, latex, mold, pet, and pollen
- Allergens can enter the body by being inhaled through the nose and lungs, ingested by mouth, and injected or absorbed through the skin
- The most common allergy triggers are: tree, grass and weed pollen, mold spores, dust mites, cockroaches, and pet dander
- Approximately 3 out of 10 Americans have allergic reactions to cats and/or dogs, with cat allergies being about twice as common as dog allergies
- There is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic cat or dog, as the body’s immune system reacts to the proteins in the animal’s urine, saliva, and dander
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: itchy, watery eyes, itchy nose, runny nose, sneezing, rashes, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, swelling, redness, pain, cough, throat swelling, wheezing, shortness of breath, tightening in the chest, and light headedness
- Nasal allergies are also referred to as rhinitis, which translates to “inflammation of the nose”
- Allergic rhinitis, known in the U.S. as hay fever , causes sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, watery eyes, and itching of the nose, eyes and/ or roof of the mouth
- Allergic rhinitis can be seasonal or all year round
- Allergies often lead to sinusitis, which is inflammation or infection of the sinuses
- A severe allergic reaction requires immediate medical attention and is known as anaphylaxis
- There is no cure for allergies; however, they can be managed with prevention and treatment
- Doctors are able to diagnose allergies by conducting a review of your medical history, performing a physical exams, and ordering tests to identify the allergens
- Treatment for allergies varies from person to person depending on their symptoms and their severity, with numerous options from avoidance of certain allergens, medication, and/ or immunotherapy
- Immunotherapy options include sublingual therapy, or allergy drops, and subcutaneous immunotherapy, or allergy shots
- Immunotherapy can help reduce allergy symptoms by training the body to react differently to those particular substances
- Allergy shots can help reduce hay fever symptoms in about 85% of people with allergic rhinitis