Monday, September 24, 2012

Allergies In Depth

Hay fever, or allergic conjunctivitis, represents the common form of allergies, affecting up to 30% of the population.  An allergist is the best to see because they know and treat the causes, symptoms, and treatments of this disorder, as well as complications that can occur, such as sinusitis (sinus infection or inflammation of the sinuses).  Less common diseases are also covered, including fungal sinusitis and nasal polyposis.  Vasomotor rhinitis and other diseases that mimic allergies are also known and are treated.

Symptoms of Allergies:

  • Runny or stuffy nose.
  • Sinus Pressure.
  • Sneezing.
  • Itchy eyes.
  • Post nasal drip.
  • Headache.
An action plan that can help you prevent your allergies from flaring up include:

  • Track your allergens (such as pollen and molds).
  • Keep allergens out of your bed, this includes when pollen is prominent wash your hair often. 
  • Know the allergens that affect you.
  • Take up the carpet.
  • Wear oversized sunglasses.
  • Let your pets out.
  • Take a moonlight stroll, when allergens are less prominent.
  • Use HEPA filters, you can get these for your vacuum cleaner and for vents in your home. 
  • Bathe your pet regularly.
  • See an Allergist!
You can try over-the-counter (OTC) medications to control your allergies.  Always make sure to take as prescribed.  Don't give up on them until you have tried all of them.  You can get the store's brand of it also, such as Claritin over-the-counter.  If you choose the store brand, just make sure to check to see if it has the same ingredients as the name brand and the same milligrams.  Remember to not take more than one type of medication at once!  If none of these seem to be helping see your medical doctor.  Or you could see an allergist if you have severe allergy problems, because that is what they specialize in, treating allergies.  Stay Informed!

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