Allergies

Cupid Family Practice

Melissa J. Cupid, M.D.

Family Medicine located in Charlotte, NC

If you’re one of the 50 million men, women, and children in the United States that suffer from allergies, Melissa J. Cupid, MD, can help you feel better. At Cupid Family Practice in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Cupid has the experience required to diagnose and treat allergy symptoms. She offers traditional approaches and innovative immunotherapy to reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life. Schedule an allergy consultation online or by phone to learn more about available allergy treatments.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are your body’s overreaction to an irritant. The many types of allergies that can affect your health include allergies to:

  • Food
  • Dust
  • Drugs
  • Mold
  • Insects
  • Pet dander

In some cases, allergies can cause mild symptoms that are easy to manage. In other cases, allergy symptoms can be severe and life-threatening.

Life-threatening allergic reactions, especially to certain food or insect bites, can cause your airways to swell, making breathing very difficult. This type of allergy requires constant supervision, especially in young children.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

The symptoms of allergies depend on what you’re allergic to, but there are many common symptoms:

  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Rashes
  • Headaches
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath

You or your child may also experience fevers, nausea, and vomiting triggered by an allergen.

How are allergies diagnosed?

Dr. Cupid reviews your symptoms and discusses your lifestyle to help determine the potential allergies. She may order an allergy test to figure out exactly what’s causing your allergy symptoms.

To determine the allergies, she is likely to perform allergy testing by pricking your skin with potential allergens to see what causes a reaction or through blood testing.

What treatment options are available for allergies?

After determining what allergens cause your symptoms, Dr. Cupid creates a custom treatment plan to address your case.

To control mild allergy symptoms, she may recommend over-the-counter allergy medications. For more serious symptoms, Dr. Cupid may prescribe medications to prevent allergic reactions. She also offers immunotherapy — regular allergy shots — to provide long-lasting relief from allergy symptoms.

Lifestyle changes may also be required to alleviate your symptoms and include avoiding what triggers your allergic reactions. Dr. Cupid can recommend how to make changes to your diet, living conditions, and work environment to prevent allergy attacks.

In cases where an allergy may be life-threatening, such as a bee sting, Dr. Cupid helps you create a family emergency plan, so everyone knows what to do if your family member gets stung. Treatment in this type of situation usually involves an injection to prevent serious medical complications and death.

To learn more about diagnosing and treating allergies, schedule a consultation by phone or by using the online booking feature.