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.