Penelope Jackson, MD is a board-certified pediatrician and internal medicine practitioner offering comprehensive allergy care services for various types of allergies, including skin, food, and medication allergies. She offers both diagnosis and treatment for allergies at Lake Granbury Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Granbury, Texas. Stop suffering from chronic allergy symptoms by calling the office today or using the online booking feature.
There are multiple ways to diagnose allergies. To diagnose food allergies, Dr. Jackson may place you on a special diet that eliminates possible foods to which you may be allergic.
For other types of allergies, she may perform what is known as a “scratch” test if you are experiencing skin or upper respiratory symptoms. That involves scratching the skin in several places and applying a small amount of an allergen.
Common allergens include:
Certain types of foods and various substances found in cleaning solutions or detergents are also common allergy triggers.
If the area becomes red and irritated, you are considered allergic to that particular allergen, and Dr. Jackson can treat your symptoms. In some cases, Dr. Jackson uses blood tests to identify the presence of the antibodies you produce when exposed to allergens.
Immunotherapy is a treatment plan for allergy symptoms that helps the body build specific antibodies and reduce the severity of allergic reactions. Once Dr. Jackson knows what you're allergic to, she develops an injectable serum that will introduce small amounts of the allergen into your body.
The constant exposure to the small amounts of allergen will cause your body to develop antibodies that will eventually prevent you from experiencing an allergic reaction. Allergy injections are given on a weekly or bi-weekly basis until a maintenance dose is reached.
Once you know what you're allergic to, Dr. Jackson will be able to effectively manage your symptoms, preventing them from becoming more severe. She can often treat upper respiratory allergies with antihistamines and over-the-counter remedies that relieve congestion and allow you to breathe more efficiently.
If you're experiencing skin allergies in the form of rashes, blisters, or hives, Dr. Jackson will recommend topical ointments that relieve itching and reduce your risk of infection.
No matter what type of allergic reaction you may be experiencing, there are specific remedies that can be used to make you more comfortable and allow you to resume your regular activities.
Learn more about diagnosing and treating chronic allergies by using the online booking feature or calling the office in Granbury today.