We’ve all had that moment when a recurring sneeze or two lead to some self-pondering. “Am I getting a cold right now?” or “Are my allergies acting up?”
We’ve all had that moment when a recurring sneeze or two lead to some self-pondering. “Am I getting a cold right now?” or “Are my allergies acting up?” When symptoms like fevers, chills and body aches start to creep in, we are pretty sure we’re battling the early stages of a cold.
But when watery eyes and itchy throats show up, an allergic reaction might be taking place. Allergy season is all too common for us Floridians, especially as we start to encounter weather changes. We understand how important patients’ allergy needs are. Florida E.N.T. & Allergy can help identify your seasonal allergies and the treatment options available.
Understanding Your Allergies
How long do symptoms of allergies last? Could it be a cold instead?
If you’re trying to figure out whether you’re suffering from a cold or allergies, a crucial indicator is duration. Most cold symptoms only last five to seven days, while allergies can last for as long as the allergen is present in your day-to-day life. Some individuals suffer for weeks before having their conditions diagnosed by a medical professional.
What are some allergens, or triggers, to be on the lookout for?
Common allergens that trigger ENT symptoms are airborne such as dust, mold, animal dander and pollen.
When are these allergens most prevalent?
In Florida, most pollen-related allergies appear during the fall, winter and spring seasons, while mold-related issues arise during the wet summer season. It is important to know as we transition to cooler months that more and more pollen-based allergens will begin to appear.
What can I do to prevent allergic symptoms from appearing?
Start by limiting your exposure to outside conditions when allergy season starts. Roll up car windows when driving, close windows in your house and limit outdoor work to prevent allergens from making contact. Wearing a dust mask outside can also reduce your exposure to allergens. In addition, showering regularly after time spent outdoors will wash off any pollen that might be stuck to your skin or hair.
What can I do if I’m suffering from allergies?
Most ENTs will recommend over-the-counter topical steroids (i.e. Flonase) or oral antihistamines which can be taken daily. Decongestants and decongestant nasal sprays can also be used to help clear breathing passages for additional relief. Many ENTs do not recommend frequent use of these decongestants, as they can be highly addictive and lead to greater nasal swelling when the effect begins to wear off. If symptoms continue, contact your ENT immediately.
While over-the-counter medications can be used to alleviate symptoms, Florida E.N.T. & Allergy offers immunotherapy treatment to help eliminate recurring allergy issues. Three types of treatments exist: Allergy drops, allergy shots and allergy toothpaste – which are commonly used for several years to fully eliminate allergies. Consult with your physician to see if immunotherapy is right for you.
It’s important to understand that your symptoms may rise and fall with changing weather patterns. The best way to avoid an allergic reaction to pollen is to take preventative actions and limit your exposure to dry, outdoor conditions. If your symptoms are recurrent, schedule a consultation with a medical professional.
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