Allergies are common. An allergy is the body’s response to a foreign invader. Heredity and environmental exposures may contribute to a predisposition to allergies. It is estimated that 1 in 3 people have an active allergy at any given time and 3 in 4 people develop an allergic reaction at least once in their lives.
While symptoms are not life threatening, they can become very irritating and uncomfortable, impacting quality of life. Symptoms range from mild to severe and can occur intermittently, seasonally or year-round. While there is no cure, allergies can be managed with a variety of allergy treatments.
Common allergy symptoms
- itchy, watery, red, puffy eyes
- nose itching
- nasal congestion
- post nasal drip
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Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
Pollen, dust and pet dander are just a few of the causes of this common allergy problem. “Hay fever” causes many of the common allergy symptoms in our patients. Allergens can come from indoor or outdoor causes, and can last seasonally or year-round. We meet with patients to determine if one is suffering from allergic rhinitis and identify the best treatment plans.
Allergic conjunctivitis (eye allergies)
Eye allergies typically involve stinging red eyes that become itchy and teary. Pollen and dander are two common triggers that cause the eyes to dilate and redden. A physician may identify what is causing eye allergies and prescribe the right treatment to get the swelling, burning, itching eye symptoms to disappear.
Sinus congestion may occur for a variety of reasons. When sinus symptoms persist, correct diagnosis is key to finding proper treatment.
Some possible causes of sinus congestion include:
- symptoms of allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
- nasal polyps or other tumors
- overuse of nasal spray decongestants
- acute or chronic sinus infections
- anatomical abnormalities such as a deviated nasal septum
Visiting with an allergy specialist may help you identify what is causing your sinus problems and get a proper treatment plan in place.