Allergies Specialist

De Castro & Basit, MDs

Primary Care Practice & Aesthetics located in Hanford, CA

According to researchers, allergies are on the rise, both in America and around the world. For those in Hanford, California, who suffer from allergies, Dr. Jacqueline G. De Castro and Dr. Jasper F. Basit of De Castro & Basit, MDs, can offer a path to relief. Don’t let your allergies limit your daily life when there are safe and effective strategies to help you combat this common chronic condition. Make your appointment with the online scheduling tool or call to book a consultation today.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies make up one of the most common categories of chronic disease and affect millions around the world. The condition is marked by an overreaction of your natural immune response when confronted by certain triggers.

There are many substances that can trigger an allergic reaction. Learning which materials are most likely to cause an excessive immune response can dramatically reduce the number of allergic reactions you experience.

Some of the more common allergy triggers include:

  • Certain foods
  • Pet urine, saliva, or dander
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Chemicals
  • Latex
  • Certain medications
  • Insects that bite or sting

It’s not uncommon to be allergic to multiple different things. You might also experience an allergic reaction under one set of circumstances, but not another.

How are allergies diagnosed?

A thorough exam and detailed health history are the first steps in diagnosing any medical condition, including allergies. You’ll sit down with Dr. De Castro or Dr. Basit to discuss your symptoms and your experience with allergies.

You may be asked to keep a journal of your food intake, your exposure to pets or other animals, and your general environmental conditions. That information can help your physician learn more about what might be causing your allergies.

A skin test can help determine which substances trigger a reaction. Dr. De Castro or Dr. Basit prick your skin, then introduce proteins from specific allergens to the area. If you’re allergic to the substances, a small bump develops.

There are also blood tests that can reveal sensitivities to certain allergens. In many cases, a combination of these diagnostic tools is used to understand the full scope of your allergies.

How are allergies treated?

Your treatment plan depends on the type of allergies you suffer from and your lifestyle. Allergen avoidance is one approach. By reducing your exposure to triggering substances, you can reduce allergic reactions.

Certain medications can help control your immune system response and ease symptoms. There are a number of medications to choose from, and formulations are available in the form of pills, eyedrops, nasal sprays, or liquids.

Severe allergies are often treated using emergency epinephrine. Carrying your epinephrine shot with you at all times can save your life if you suffer a severe allergic reaction.

To learn more about how to identify, avoid, and treat various allergies, book a visit with De Castro & Basit, MDs, today. You can set up your appointment online or by phone.