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Find out what causes allergies and how you can get them under control.
Anyone who has allergies deals with a lot of those same annoying symptoms: the constant sneezing, the red itchy eyes, and the runny nose. Of course, not everyone understands that their symptoms could be due to allergies. What are allergies, and how are they managed? Should you treat your allergies on your own or turn to an ENT doctor?
What is an allergy?
Did you know that allergies are one of the most common long-term disorders people deal with? When exposed to a certain allergen, your body tells you that this allergen is harmful and then goes to work to attack it. This means that your immune system kicks into overdrive and produces antibodies known as immunoglobulin E. An allergic reaction is your body’s natural inclination to overreact to this allergen.
There are many things to which you could be allergic, including,
- Pet dander
Allergy symptoms can range from mild to more severe and even life-threatening. If you suspect that your symptoms are due to allergies, an ENT doctor can quickly diagnose and create a treatment plan that will get you feeling better fast.
Allergy Treatment Options
The treatment you receive will depend on the type of allergy you have and the severity of your symptoms. You’ll be happy to hear that many allergy sufferers find relief through simple medications. Those with very mild symptoms may be able to get away with over-the-counter antihistamines or decongestants (to fight nasal congestion).
Your ENT doctor may also prescribe more powerful antihistamines or nasal sprays if your symptoms are more moderate or severe. In some cases, a long-term allergy sufferer may finally choose to get allergy shots to significantly lessen the body’s response to a specific allergen.
Of course, there are also non-medicinal approaches to reducing your exposure to the offending allergen, and an otolaryngologist can offer great tips to reduce allergy exposure at home. Examples include bathing your trusty pet once a week and using allergy-proof bedding.
Don’t let allergies affect your daily life and the activities you love. If you find yourself staying indoors or avoiding things that make you happy for your allergies, it’s time you turn to an ENT doctor for treatment options.
Allergies come about when the immune system responds to certain foreign substances like dust, pet dander, or pollen among others. The severity or intensity of allergic reactions differs from individual to individual and could range from mild irritation to a potentially fatal condition called anaphylaxis. Although most allergies are not curable, the right treatments could significantly alleviate allergy symptoms.
Here at the Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery, we offer allergy management treatments to help you better manage your allergies. You can consult one of the ENT doctors in our Evergreen Park, New Lenox, or Orland Park, IL, offices to obtain evidence-based treatments that will help you live well even with allergies.
Allergy Prevention is Immensely Vital
Preventing allergy reactions will greatly depend on your specific triggers. With this in mind, general precautions usually include:
- Figure out your triggers and avoid them as much as possible. For example, if pollen is a trigger for you, keep all doors and windows closed or stay inside during the pollen season. Also, if dust mites are a trigger, wash your bedding regularly.
- Keep an allergy trigger journal. When trying to figure out what worsens or causes your symptoms, monitor your activities, when symptoms appear, and what helps when you have an allergic reaction.
- Wear medical alert jewelry. This will let other people know about your serious allergy in the event that you experience an allergic reaction and you can’t communicate.
Common Allergy Medicines
Depending on what kind of allergy you have, medicines could help decrease the reaction of your immune system and ease your symptoms. You may need to take OTC prescription or OTC medicines with antihistamine and/or steroids.
For more severe allergies or those that don’t respond to common treatments, your doctor may suggest immunotherapy. This will entail a series of shots that contain purified extracts of your specific allergens that will be administered over the course of several years. Immunotherapy can also be administered through a tablet placed under your tongue.
Need Help with Managing Your Allergies? We Can Help
Contact the Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery to schedule your consultation with one of our ENT doctors. Our Orland Park, IL, Evergreen Park, and New Lenox offices can be reached through (708) 460-0007.