Getting help from the doctor
If your allergies are causing your daily activities to become hindered and problematic then it is definitely time for you to pay a visit to the doctor. Although it is possible to limit the amount of allergens you are exposed to and it is also possible to control their effects through over the counter medications, there often comes a time when these preventatives are no longer enough. Most people who suffer from allergies can receive help from their primary care physician or pediatrician until their symptoms become to intense when they are usually referred to a board-certified allergist who is a doctor that specializes in allergies and immunology.
Even in recent years allergist simply told sufferers to get rid of their pets or change jobs but now there this mentality is slowly changing. These changes in the way allergist handle sufferers and their problem is a result of a number of different factors. One of the factors is the recent radical developments in the fields of allergy prevention, allergy symptom control and immunology. Another is the tremendous growth of understanding regarding the role that pets play in our lives and our dependence on them for emotional and even physical happiness, security and well-being.
Thanks to this last development most allergist are nowadays much more aware and receptive concerning the importance and benefits of the relationship between the pet and its owners, even if the owner is an allergy sufferer. With this in mind, should the specialist/M.D. you are seeing tell you that the only solution to your problem is to get rid of your pet, you may want to consider changing doctors. There are plenty of specialist who are in fact willing to work with allergen sensitive people as long as they are open to following their advice on how to minimize and control both the source of the allergens and the exposure to them.
You as the patient need to have an open mind and realize that you may need to change some of the habits that you have developed and make some difficult decisions regarding how you interact with your pet. It is recommendable sit down yourself and work out a plan of how you hope to cope with your sensitivities and what you are going to do in order to try to bring the situation under control in regards to the amount of allergens you are exposed to and what your goals are in this regard before sitting down with a specialist.
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