Posts for: February, 2022
Allergies, whether they're seasonal or year-round, make you feel miserable and may even interfere with your usual routine. Fortunately, your ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists at Century Ear, Nose and Throat, can recommend strategies that will reduce your symptoms and prescribe medications that will relieve your itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, wheezing and congestion. The doctors serve the entire Orland Park, New Lenox and Evergreen Park, IL, areas from their offices in Oak Lawn, Lemont and Orland Park.
What you can do to prevent allergy symptoms
Following a few of these recommendations may help you manage your allergies:
- Clear the Air: HEPA filters and air-conditioners trap allergens and can help reduce or prevent allergy flare-ups. Open windows and doors make it easy for allergens to enter your home. Although you may be tempted to open your windows on a warm day, it's best to turn on your air-conditioner instead.
- Mop, Vacuum and Wash: Get rid of allergens that have found their way into your home by mopping or vacuuming floors often. Vacuum upholstered furniture and launder bedding at least once a week.
- Use Dust Mite Covers: Dust mites are microscopic pests that consume the dead skin cells you shed. The mites are commonly found in bedding and can trigger allergy symptoms. Covering pillows and mattresses with dust mite covers offers a simple way to reduce your exposure to pests.
- Check the Air-Quality Forecast: If pollen, ragweed or mold trigger your allergies, be sure to check the levels of these allergens on weather websites before you venture outside. If the level of an allergen is high, it may be best to put off outdoor activities.
- Take Off Your Shoes and Wipe Those Paws: Your shoes and your pet's paws can spread allergens throughout your house. Get into the habit of taking off your shoes and wiping your pet's paws with a damp cloth as soon as you enter your home. You can also use the cloth to get rid of allergens that may have drifted onto your pet's fur.
- See Your ENT: If taking these steps doesn't improve your allergies, pay a visit to your Orland Park, New Lenox, Lemont, Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park, IL, area ENTs. The doctors can prescribe medications that ease your symptoms, like decongestants, antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops, or recommend immunotherapy to alter your body's response to allergens.
Are you struggling to keep your allergies under control? Schedule an appointment with your Oak Lawn, Lemont and Orland Park, IL, ENTs by calling (708) 460-0007.
Retrain Your Nose
Yes, there is such a thing as olfactory training (aka smell training) and you can do it yourself from the comfort of your own home. Of course, if you have any questions you should contact your ENT doctor. During smell training, grab four strong essential oil scents such as mint, vanilla, citrus, and eucalyptus. You can also use ground coffee if you’d like. Sniff each scent for 20 seconds, and repeat this training at least three times a day. For best results, do this as soon as possible after losing your sense of smell and taste. The sooner you start, the better!
Preventing Olfactory Dysfunction
While retraining the senses is possible after Covid-19, the best way to prevent this from happening in the first place is to get vaccinated against Covid-19. If you do experience these symptoms, the next best thing is to immediately start olfactory training. If you aren’t sure how to do it or you’re not sure if you’re doing it effectively, speak with your doctor or ENT specialist.
When to See an ENT Doctor
Anyone who is experiencing olfactory dysfunction due to Covid-19 may feel that this symptom is impacting their wellbeing, social life, and quality of life. If you find that this is happening to you, you may wish to speak to a specialist who can provide you with some advice and tips for how to get your taste and smell back.
It’s important to note that most people who’ve had this symptom have fully recovered their smell and taste, but it can take months; however, early treatment may be key to recovering your tastebuds again quickly. So, seek treatment as soon as possible.
If you have questions or concerns about loss of taste or smell after recovering from Covid-19, don’t hesitate to speak with an ENT specialist who can provide you with answers and information to help you get your health back on track.