What are Allergies?

Allergies are very common and come in many different forms. 

They can affect your overall level of energy and cause problems such as:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy skin
  • Rashes on your skin
  • Upset stomach
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing

How are Allergies Diagnosed?

In many cases, allergies can be diagnosed based on the history of your illness. There are specific tests for allergies that can be done in a doctor’s office.

How are Allergies Treated?

Allergies are often treated with medicines taken by mouth or through an inhaler. Sometimes people are treated for allergies with shots.

Contact Us

If you have allergies or think you might, contact one of our family medicine locations to schedule an appointment.

Allergies: Additional Resources

Visit our Health Library to learn more about allergies:

Contact a Family Medicine Health Center

UPMC's Department of Family Medicine has several locations throughout the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Find a family medicine health center close to you and call us to make an appointment or find out how we can help you with your primary care needs.

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