Allergies come in many forms — as a reaction to pet dander, food, pollen, or numerous other catalysts. A family physician and doctor of osteopathic medicine, Gerald D. Rana, Jr., DO, DPH, takes a holistic, personalized approach to allergy relief. At Rana’s Family Medical Clinic in Wilburton, Oklahoma, Dr. Rana identifies the cause of your allergies and helps you take steps to prevent an allergic reaction. He also provides expert allergy care and relief from symptoms. Same-day appointments are often available, so if you suffer from allergies, call to schedule an exam, or use the online booking tool.
An allergic reaction happens when your immune system identifies a foreign substance as a threat to your body. It may be a safe substance, such as plant pollen or shellfish, but if your immune system deems it harmful, you experience unpleasant, or sometimes life-threatening symptoms. Common allergens include:
Your reaction to the allergen depends on the severity of your allergy. Many people suffer from mild seasonal allergies when different plants are in bloom, while others experience severe reactions to certain foods.
Some of the most common food allergies include:
A food allergy may cause hives or another type of skin rash, tingling in your mouth, or even swelling of your lips and throat. In severe cases, anaphylaxis can occur, and you may need emergency treatment.
Everyone reacts differently to allergens, depending on how your immune system responds. Sometimes you get a skin rash, while other times you get itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose, or a sore throat. An insect bite may cause swelling and redness, a cough, and other respiratory problems.
Atopic dermatitis, a form of eczema, is common with an allergic reaction from something that irritates your skin, such as metal in jewelry or a cleaning solution chemical.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies that don’t respond well to over-the-counter medications, or you experience allergy symptoms after eating certain foods, it’s a good idea to seek the help of a medical professional. Dr. Rana diagnoses the underlying cause of your allergies so you can avoid the substance, if possible, or get effective remedies during allergy season. If you have a serious reaction to something, call 911, or seek immediate medical attention at your local emergency room.
In rare cases, a severe allergic reaction can lead to anaphylaxis — loss of consciousness, a drop in blood pressure, and shortness of breath.
To learn more about managing your allergies effectively, or to find out what’s causing them, call Rana’s Family Medical Clinic to schedule an evaluation. You can also use the convenient online booking feature, often to request a same-day appointment.