Throat Allergies - St. Augustine, Palm Coast & Palatka
A notorious cause of a sore throat is allergies. Allergy-related symptoms occur when your body's immune system confuses particular substances with microbes or organisms. The body's natural defense mechanism releases histamines to fight off the foreign threat. Typically, throat allergy symptoms are attributed to certain foods or airborne particles, such as dust or pollen. Only an allergy specialist or throat doctor, such as Dr. DePasquale, has the knowledge and experience to effectively test for and determine if your sore throat is allergy related or due to illness.
Although allergies can be unpleasant, most of the time they do not pose a serious threat and unless a secondary infection occurs can be managed with over-the-counter medications. However, throat swelling caused by an allergic reaction to certain foods can be severe and should never be taken lightly. This potentially fatal response is your body's defense mechanism alerting you because the body has no other way of dealing with the perceived problem. Basically the throat is closing up as a last resort, thus impairing your ability to breath.
Are You Experiencing Throat Allergy Symptoms?
Common symptoms of throat allergies can include the following:
NOTE: Anyone experiencing throat swelling should seek immediate medical assistance from a doctor as this is a potentially life-threatening event.
If you or your child suffer with recurring sore throats or have experienced difficulty swallowing after eating certain foods, call 904.461.6060 or use this website's convenient contact form to schedule an appointment. St. Augustine ENT offers onsite, in-office allergy testing and allergy shots.
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