ENT Clinics of San Antonio
You may have allergies that show up in the spring when plants are flowering and grass is growing. Youve grown used to the itchy, allergies watery eyes and sneezing. But now, you have allergies in winter too, when youre indoors because of bad weather. Your ENT specialists want you to know that allergies arent just seasonal. They can affect you all year long.
Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, is common during the spring and summer months and is caused by an allergic response to tree or grass pollen and various other flowering plants. But allergies arent confined to just spring and summer. When you are indoors during the fall and winter, you can experience allergies to pet dander, dust mites, mold and many other indoor irritants. You can also be allergic to certain foods and not even realize it.
Your first step in dealing with allergies is to learn what you are allergic to. Your ENT doctors can test you for food allergies and a variety of both indoor and outdoor allergens. Once youve found out what you are allergic to, your doctors may prescribe:
Allergy shotstypically given once a week with either a single injection or multiple injections depending on how many things you are allergic to.
Sublingual drop therapya convenient option for people on the go, or those who dont want injections; your doctors mix up a custom treatment solution which you can take at home and use daily, as a drop under your tongue.
There are also some remedies you can try at home to get relief from allergy symptoms, such as:
- Irrigating your nasal passages with a saline solution
- Over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants
- Using allergy-proof pillowcases and linens
- Using allergy or HEPA filters in your house, especially in the bedroom
- Vacuuming your carpets regularly
- Keeping your pets off of furniture and out of your bedroom
If you have irritating allergies, you already know they can affect your life. They can keep you from doing the things you like, and worst of all, they may not be just seasonal. But now theres help just a phone call away from your ENT specialists. Call today and get some relief from your allergies!