Allergies Specialist

Carreras Medical Center

Internal Medicine located in Hialeah, FL

Allergies are an irritating and inconvenient condition regularly affecting many people and reducing their quality of life, but a severe allergy could put you in a life-threatening situation. Ivan Carreras, MD, of Carreras Medical Center in Hialeah, Florida, specializes in diagnosing and treating allergies of all kinds and provides comprehensive immunotherapy programs to help you reduce the impact of your allergies. Find out how Dr. Carreras can improve your life and relieve the burden of allergies by calling Carreras Medical Center today or making an appointment online.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies result from the response your immune system generates to substances in your environment that aren’t normally harmful. Some people’s immune systems identify certain substances as a threat and respond by producing antibodies to counteract the threat, causing unpleasant symptoms.

Common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Animal dander
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat, soy, eggs, and milk
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Insect stings
  • Medications such as penicillin
  • Latex

Some allergies are annoying and inconvenient. Others are life-threatening — even minute particles of the allergen can set off a dangerous reaction called anaphylaxis.

While it’s not possible to cure most allergies, Dr. Carreras helps identify the cause and finds ways to relieve your symptoms.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

The symptoms of allergies vary, but may include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Tingling mouth
  • Swelling of your throat and face, including your tongue and lips
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Reddened skin
  • Flaking or peeling skin
  • Anaphylaxis

If someone with an allergy goes into anaphylactic shock, they may feel lightheaded and lose consciousness, have trouble breathing, develop a rash, experience nausea or vomiting, and have a weak, rapid pulse. If you have an allergy that could lead to anaphylaxis, it’s vital that you carry an epinephrine auto-injector that you or someone with you can use if you show symptoms.

How are allergies diagnosed?

When you see Dr. Carreras, he conducts a physical exam and talks to you in depth about your symptoms and any indicators of triggers that bring on an allergic response.

You may need to keep a diary for a few weeks in which you record your symptoms and what you were doing, your location, and foods you were eating prior to the allergic episode.

Dr. Carreras may also run blood tests or a skin prick test to find any indicators of what your body is allergic to.

How are allergies treated?

Treatment for allergies depends on the cause of your allergy and the severity of your symptoms.

When you know what’s triggering your allergy, you can take steps to avoid exposure to the allergen, and Dr. Carreras can prescribe medications to ease symptoms and lower your immune system’s response to the allergens.

If other treatments aren’t proving effective, Dr. Carreras may recommend immunotherapy.

If your allergies are slowing you down, call Carreras Medical Center today or make an appointment online.