Whether you suffer from itchy eyes and a runny nose for a month or you get headaches that last all season, you should know that allergy symptoms are not something you have to live with. Allergy symptoms occur because your immune system is overly sensitive to something in particular, such as grass pollen, pet dander, and even some foods. To combat any of these elements that your body sees as harmful, it releases a chemical called histamine which causes unpleasant symptoms like a stuffy nose, coughing and nausea. Once your doctor determines what you are allergic to, there are allergy treatments you can use to reduce and in some cases, eliminate your symptoms.
Since many seasonal allergens are most prominent at certain times of the day, you can try to avoid exposure to them. For instance, pollen counts are highest in the late morning and early afternoon, so stay inside and keep windows closed during those hours. And since grass pollen levels peak in early summer, you may want to hire someone to mow the grass during that time to help you breathe easier.
If you suffer from dust mite allergies, vacuum frequently and consider having your ductwork cleaned. And if you’re allergic to dander but would like a furry friend, research pets that are hypo-allergenic.
It’s possible that antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, leukotriene inhibitors and other allergy medications may improve your symptoms. Your doctor will recommend over the counter or prescription products that he or she trusts that could make you more comfortable.
Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
Not everyone wants to be stuck inside on a beautiful spring day, and sometimes allergy medications just don’t work. By injecting small amounts of the allergen into your body, a doctor can gradually train your immune system to be more tolerant of that allergen. An Ear, Nose and Throat doctor (ENT) specially trained in immunotherapy will explain this allergy treatment procedure and discuss how often you will need to come in for allergy shots. You will probably start by coming in once a week and reduce your visits to once a month. The recommended duration of immunotherapy is 3-5 years, with the ideal goal to have symptoms significantly decreased or eliminated by the end of treatment.
Ask If Immunotherapy Could Relieve Your Allergy Symptoms
Tired of avoiding the outdoors or just want to find a way to breathe easier? Talk to an ENT at Sound Health. We are experts in allergy therapy and will find a way to make life more comfortable for you.
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