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Our Top Tips to Help You Nip Those Springtime Allergies in the Bud
More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year, making it the sixth-leading cause of chronic illness. If you dread the changing of the seasons every year, it might be time to consult with a specialist to determine your allergens and discuss a treatment plan that reduces the need for antihistamines.
The ear, nose, and throat specialists at ENT of New Orleans, with offices in Chalmette, Harvey, New Orleans, and Marrero, Louisiana, can help narrow down which allergies are causing your symptoms, and recommend treatments such as immunotherapy.
Recognizing the symptoms
Seasonal allergies have a tendency to sneak up on you, especially if you’re not really paying attention. Subtle symptoms like congestion and headaches might be blamed on other factors, such as the weather.
However, as spring rolls in and the plants and trees begin to produce pollen, you’ll notice that your allergic reactions start getting worse. Common symptoms include:
- Itchy, swollen eyes
- Runny nose
- Blocked nose, ears, and throat
- Raised rash (hives)
- Pain and tenderness in the face
- Coughing and sneezing
Antihistamines can help you manage these symptoms on a day-to-day basis, but they’ll often cause unwanted side effects. Even the daytime versions of these drugs can make you drowsy and reduce your reaction time, plus they can cause dry mouth and headaches.
5 tips to tackle springtime allergies
Want to reduce your antihistamine intake this spring? Here are some tips to help you nip those seasonal allergies in the bud.
- Rinse with a nasal spray to clear away allergens and reduce congestion
- Stay indoors and close your windows on days with high wind or pollen counts
- Wear an N95 mask to limit exposure while you’re outside
- Take a shower and change clothes after coming inside
- Avoid outdoor tasks like gardening, mowing the lawn, and hanging laundry
These tips can help you reduce your allergic reactions, but if you’re still struggling to keep a lid on your symptoms, it might be time to consult with a specialist.
How immunotherapy can help
Pollen, pet dander, dust, and mold are common springtime allergens. Immunotherapy works by building your tolerance to these allergens, reducing your need for antihistamines.
Dr. Pippin and Dr. Fatakia perform a skin test to determine what your specific allergens are. Then you choose between injections or sublingual drops containing small amounts of these allergens. Over time, your body will react less and less, reducing your symptoms.
Curious about allergen immunotherapy? To learn more, schedule a consultation with the team at ENT of New Orleans by calling the location closest to you, or visit the contact page for more options.