How to Stop Playing the Allergy Guessing Game

What am I allergic to?

You are pretty sure you are allergic to something. Do allergy symptoms such as congestion, itchy eyes, coughing, wheezing, or headaches last longer than two weeks.  Worse, do these symptoms come and go, time and time again? Do you wish you could pinpoint your allergy triggers?

Some allergy sufferers are lucky, if you could call them lucky.  They know exactly what causes their allergic reaction. A cat walks into the room and she immediately becomes congested.  His eyes itch and water every time he cuts the grass. She gets hives every time she eats eggs. A specific reaction to a specific trigger makes it easy to treat yourself.  Avoid the trigger.

However, it is not that easy. Most people suffer from several allergy triggers. Some suffer from seasonal allergy triggers, the most common being the grass, tree or weed pollens that span spring and summer. Fall brings ragweed while winter months exacerbate dust mite and animal dander allergies. Indulging at the holiday food table often results in hives, but why?

Some suffer from perennial, or year around allergies. Mold, animal dander and dust mite can be a year around trigger for sensitive individuals.

Identifying your allergy triggers is the first step to effective treatment and feeling your best.  The allergists of Allergy & Asthma Specialists have access to samples of over 100 allergens and will determine which allergens you will be tested for based on your medical history, environmental survey and physical examination.  The allergy skin tests are conducted without needles and results are available in 20 minutes.

Once the trigger is identified, the allergist will prescribe a treatment plan and make suggestions for adapting and dealing with the underlying cause.

What medication should I take?

Some try to treat their symptoms by way of the wall of allergy medication choices available at the pharmacy. There are antihistamines, decongestants, pain medications and even medications to help you sleep through your allergy symptoms.  There are two issues with playing the allergy medicine guessing game.  Finding the right combination to relieve your symptoms without causing more problems is futile and expensive.  The wrong combination and you can find yourself dealing with side effects such as nervousness, dry mouth, drowsiness, high blood pressure or constipation. And, you are only treating the symptoms, not the underlying disease process.

The board certified allergists of Allergy & Asthma Specialists have years of experience prescribing the most effective medication for each patient’s allergy triggers.

Why do I feel tired all the time?

Left untreated, the allergic disease process may have more serious long-term inflammatory consequences such as recurrent sinus or ear infections, bronchitis or inflamed lungs, frequent sore throats, unrelenting headaches, chronic cough, sleep apnea and compromised lung function. Chronic fatigue is the culmination of the sleep interruption caused by these untreated or poorly treated allergic responses. Even your appearance can suffer with allergies causing dark circles under your eyes that will not go away.

How do I feel 100%?

Individuals who have suffered long term with allergic rhinitis often don’t realize how much better they can feel.  Most patients who have their allergies properly diagnosed and treated realize a greatly improved quality of life.

Get the answers. Feel better. Sleep better. Look better. See an allergist.

All the physicians of Allergy & Asthma Specialists are board-certified in allergy and clinical immunology. You can easily schedule an appointment at one of the eight convenient locations. To schedule as appointment click here to visit our website or call us at 1-800-86-COUGH, option 2.

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