Posted on Feb 27, 2015 9:35pm PST

If a box of tissues has become a permanent fixture on your desk, or the pollen count now dictates your daily routine, you may want to consider visiting an allergist or immunologist.

By identifying the cause of your allergy symptoms, the Atlanta allergists of the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia can help you find a treatment plan that works for you, and help you breathe easier and live better.

What are Allergies?

Allergies are the body’s reaction to foreign substances. When a foreign substance, such as a virus or bacteria, enters the body, the immune system releases chemicals to attack the substance and eliminate it from the body. These chemicals, which are called histamines, can cause a variety of symptoms, including runny nose, coughing, itchy eyes, and more.

When the body encounters an allergen, the immune system reacts the same way it would to a cold or virus. Although most allergens, such as dust or pollen, are harmless, the immune system still releases histamines, resulting in a host of unpleasant allergy symptoms.

Reasons to See an Allergist or Immunologist

Allergists, or immunologists, are physicians who diagnose and treat allergies, asthma and other immune system deficiencies and disorders.

Many people will live with allergies for the rest of their life without ever visiting an allergist or immunologist because they think that their symptoms are related to the common cold, or even the flu.

If you think that you might suffer from allergies, or allergy-related sinus problems, it’s important to seek treatment from a board-certified allergist or immunologist. If you’re not sure if allergies are at the root of your symptoms, ask yourself if the following statements apply to you:

  • You get “sick” at the same time every year, but you don’t develop a fever or muscle aches.
  • Your current allergy medication is not working or you want to change your regimen.
  • You aren’t sure what allergies are causing your symptoms and want to get tested.
  • You have chronic sinus infections or asthma that won’t subside with asthma medications.
  • You want an alternative to taking long-term allergy medication.

If any of the signs listed above sound familiar, it’s time to make an appointment with your local allergist.

Visit the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia

If you suffer from allergy symptoms, but have never visited an allergist, contact the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia today and get treatment for your worst symptoms. We offer allergy testing, allergy shots and allergy drops at each of our convenient locations throughout metro Atlanta.