Did you know?

• There are no cures for allergies. Allergies can be managed with proper prevention and treatment.

• Allergies have a genetic component. If only one parent has allergies of any type, chances are 1 in 3 that each child will have an allergy. If both parents have allergies, it is much more likely (7 in 10) that their children will have allergies.

• More Americans than ever before say they are suffering from allergies. It is among the country’s most common, yet often overlooked, diseases.

Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

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Allergy Testing & Treatment Center in Gainesville, Florida

What Are Allergies?

According to the leading experts in allergy, an allergic reaction begins in the immune system. Our immune system protects us from invaders like bacteria and viruses. These invaders make proteins that we don’t. Our body recognizes that these proteins are foreign and occasionally attacks them. But sometimes an immune system mistakes a harmless substance as an invader and overreacts to the foreign protein by producing Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies travel to cells that release histamine and other chemicals, causing an allergic reaction.

In-Office Allergy Skin Testing in Gainesville, FL

Florida’s warm and sunny climate is a breeding ground for various allergens. For patients in Gainesville, FL suffering from allergies, often times the most efficient method for determining precisely what triggers allergic reactions is an allergy skin test.