Allergies

Alisha Bhatia, ND

Board Certified & Licensed Naturopathic Doctor located in Temecula, CA

Allergies affect more than 50 million Americans, and it’s the sixth leading chronic illness in the country. Dr. Alisha Bhatia, N.D., in Temecula, California, offers allergy testing to identify the source of your allergy and provide treatment to improve health and symptoms. To schedule an allergy consultation, call the office or book online today.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to a substance it considers harmful, even though the substance isn’t harmful to most people. While you can develop an allergy to any substance, some are more common than others, such as:

  • Pollen
  • Grass
  • Dust
  • Pet dander
  • Insect bites
  • Medications
  • Food (nuts, peanuts, milk, wheat, dairy, soy, seafood)

If you have allergies, you may find that your body reacts to more than one substance. Identifying the cause of your allergies can help you get relief from your symptoms.

What are the common allergy symptoms?

The types of symptoms you experience with allergies depend on the substance you’re allergic to. Common symptoms include:

  • Rash or hives
  • Stuffy nose 
  • Red, itchy, or swollen eyes
  • Scratchy or swollen throat
  • Swollen tongue

In some cases, the allergic reaction can be serious and lead to anaphylactic shock, which may cause shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, nausea and vomiting, or a change in pulse. If you have an anaphylactic reaction, you need to seek immediate medical attention. 

If you suffer from allergies, you may be at greater risk of sinus problems such as sinusitis (inflammation in the sinus cavity) or sinus infection. 

What is allergy testing?

Dr. Alisha offers allergy testing to identify the substance causing the symptoms.

Blood test

With a blood test, Dr. Alisha draws a sample of blood from your arm, which is then sent to a lab and treated with various allergens and observed for the formation of antibodies that indicate an allergy.

Dr. Alisha determines which test you need after your evaluation. 

What treatments help my allergies?

Dr. Alisha develops personalized treatment plans to help you get relief from allergies. She provides recommendations on how to avoid the allergen and makes recommendations regarding your diet, as well as the types of supplements that would benefit your immune health.

Additional treatments she may recommend include:

  • Homeopathic medicine
  • Botanical medicine
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Intravenous (IV) therapy

To schedule your allergy testing, call Dr. Alisha Bhatia, N.D., or request an appointment online today.