Do you or anyone you know have symptoms such as runny nose or sneezing on a fairly frequent basis? How about stuffy nose or drainage down the back of your throat? These are some common hallmark symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Other frequent symptoms include itching, watering, and burning of the eyes and stuffy or itchy ears. Some people will also have itching of their throat or roof of their mouth. Some people may have all of these symptoms while others will have maybe only a few.
Allergies share many of the symptoms associated with a common cold so how can you tell the difference? One of the easiest ways to tell is by how long your symptoms last. A cold may only last a few days or a couple of weeks and occurs randomly. If you are having symptoms like those mentioned above but they seem to always occur around the same times of year (such as Spring and Fall) and generally last a lot longer then it is most likely from allergies. If your symptoms are present most of the year, allergies are the most likely suspect. Do your symptoms only occur when you get around a cat or dog and then go away a few hours after you have been away from the animal? These are likely caused by an allergy.
Many folks find relief from over the counter medications such as antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays. What happens if these don’t control your symptoms or you aren’t fond of taking daily medications? Allergy immunotherapy is possibly a good next step. That’s where we can help.