Allergies Specialist

Rosie Augustin-Wheeler, M.D. -  - Family Medicine

San Gabriel Family Medicine

Rosie Augustin-Wheeler, M.D.

Family Medicine located in Leander, TX

When you suffer from allergies, your quality of life is affected, and your overall health, too. Rosie Augustin-Wheeler, MD, and her team at San Gabriel Family Medicine in Leander, Texas, test and treat you for allergies so that you can live comfortably and symptom-free again. Thanks to an on-site laboratory, you get your results right away and receive the fast, individualized care you need. To find out what foods and substances trigger your allergies and which effective, supportive therapies give you lasting relief, contact the San Gabriel Family Medicine team today by phone or book using the online form.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are a sign that your immune system is overactive. Instead of attacking and killing potentially dangerous organisms, such as bacteria and viruses, your immune system gets triggered by substances that most people experience as benign. These triggers cause your immune system to produce antibodies that create a variety of uncomfortable and even life-threatening symptoms.

How can I tell if I have allergies?

Allergy symptoms vary, depending on the individual and the type of allergy you have. Allergy symptoms may be similar to those of a cold, such as coughing, sneezing, or a runny nose. However, if you have allergies, you might also have other symptoms that aren’t associated with colds, such as:

  • Tingling sensations
  • Itchiness
  • Dry, scaly skin
  • Red, rashy skin
  • Hives
  • Inflammation
  • Wheezing
  • Swelling

If you have a severe allergy, you could also enter a potentially life-threatening state known as anaphylaxis, in which your throat swells and you can’t breathe. If you have severe allergies, you need to carry an epinephrine pen with you wherever you go. 

Can allergies cause asthma?

Allergies can trigger asthma attacks. If you have asthma, the San Gabriel Family Medicine team helps you control your allergies as part of your asthma treatment plan.

What am I allergic to?

Your allergies could be triggered by environmental factors, the foods you eat, and even the clothing you wear. Typical allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Animal dander
  • Dust mites
  • Milk and dairy
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat and gluten
  • Mold
  • Medications

You may have more than one type of allergy. The San Gabriel Family Medicine providers test you for a variety of allergies so you can begin to avoid substances that trigger your symptoms. San Gabriel Family Medicine has its own on-site laboratory, so you get your test results and the answers you need quickly and efficiently. 

How do doctors treat allergies?

Your San Gabriel Family Medicine physician customizes allergy treatments based on your symptoms as well as the substances that trigger your allergies or asthma. Some choices include medications that control allergic reactions and allergy shots to increase your tolerance of triggers so that you eventually stop having symptoms. Your doctor may recommend carrying an auto-injector filled with epinephrine if you have severe allergies.

If you live in Leander, Texas, or the nearby communities of Cedar Park, Liberty Hill, or North Austin, contact the San Gabriel Family Medicine team for allergy testing and treatment today. Call the friendly office staff or reach out with the online form to book your appointment.