Posts for category: Allergies
If you dread the approach of allergy season, let your ENT physician prepare you for symptom management and real relief. At our Garland, TX, office, otolaryngologist, Dr. James Maddox, helps numerous patients feel their best even during peak allergy seasons.
When is allergy season?
The start and duration of an allergy season vary with where you live. Typically, it runs anywhere from January to November, but most allergy sufferers experience their most distressing symptoms with the onset of Spring.
Spring poses an array of allergy events, including increasing pollen count, warmer temperatures, and rainy weather which may activate mold growth both inside and outside your house. Common allergy symptoms include:
- Sneezing and coughing
- Runny nose
- Itchy, watery, puffy eyes
- Itchy skin and hives
- Sinus congestion and infection
Consult your ENT doctor
Dr. Maddox likes to see his allergy patients in his Garland, TX, office before the peak season begins. He'll review your symptoms and medications and make sure you have your meds on hand so you can start them in advance of Springtime.
If you suspect you have allergies but have never been evaluated, come into the office for testing. The most common kind of allergy testing is the skin prick test which introduces a small number of suspected allergens under your skin. Dr. Maddox reads the sites and formulates a care plan to include some or all of the following:
- Decongestant and antihistamine medications
- Allergy shots (immunotherapy) to desensitize the immune system to suspected allergic triggers
Other things you can do
At home, take these common-sense precautions before your symptoms begin:
- Spring clean the house to limit dust mites, pet dander, and mold spores.
- Change your HVAC filters, and either clean your doormats or get new ones.
- Check the pollen count every day, and keep the doors and windows closed on high count days.
- Have a supply of your allergy meds on hand, and begin taking them before allergy season begins.
- Wear sunglasses outdoors, and wear a dust mask when mowing the lawn or doing other gardening chores.
- Keep your dog and cat well-groomed and clean.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation says that 20 million Americans have seasonal allergies, and they caused substantial illness when not treated. Let Dr. James Maddox and his team guide you through the allergy season. Phone us in Garland, TX, at (972) 272-5555.
If spring’s approach has you concerned, here’s how to cope with seasonal allergies.
More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year, so if you’re one of them you’re definitely in good company. However, our Garland, TX, ENT Dr. James Maddox wants you to be able to welcome the beautiful springtime and not fear it. If you have allergies, here’s what you can do to manage your symptoms:
Know What Triggers Your Symptoms
Half the battle is just knowing why you’re waking up with undereye swelling, watery eyes, and an itchy nose; however, sometimes you may need to turn to our Garland, TX, otolaryngologist for allergy testing in order to find out what type of allergies you’re dealing with. Once you know, you can avoid or at the very least limit your exposure. Some habits that may help you avoid triggers include:
- Make bedrooms a no-pet zone
- Bathe pets weekly
- Use allergen-proof bedding
- Wash sheets (including pillowcases) at least once a week
- Use a dehumidifier in your home
- Limit time spent outdoors and keep windows closed when outdoor allergens are at their highest
Try Over-the-Counter Medications
Allergy medication can help many people get their allergies under control. Of course, over-the-counter medications may be most effective for those dealing with mild to moderate allergies, while those dealing with severe or unresponsive allergy symptoms should turn to our allergy specialist for prescription-strength medication. Either way, allergy medication is an important part of managing symptoms. Some of these medications may include:
- Antihistamines: great for tackling watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing
- Decongestants: helps with a stuffy nose and nasal congestion
- Eye drops: addresses itchy, watery, and red eyes
- Steroid nasal sprays: reduces nasal inflammation and itchy noses
For those with more severe symptoms, you may want to talk with our doctor about whether immunotherapy or allergy shots, are right for you.
Rinse Out Your Sinuses
If you battle with a stuffy nose during allergy season this could be the result of nasal congestion. While nasal sprays can provide some short-term relief, if you’re not keen on taking medication or you’re just looking for another way to treat your nasal allergies, nasal irrigation is a safe, effective and non-medicinal way to clear out the sinuses. To pursue this last option, we recommend using the NeilMed Sinus rinse Kit.
If allergies are driving you crazy then it’s time to call our Garland, TX, allergy doctor to find out what treatments and medications could finally help you get your symptoms under control. Call us today at (972) 272-5555 for a comprehensive evaluation.
- Skin tests; injecting small amounts of allergen slightly under the skin; a positive reaction usually happens within 20 minutes.
- Challenge tests; you ingest or inhale a small amount of allergen and wait for a reaction; this test is used to determine food or medication allergies.
- Blood tests; a small amount of blood is sent to a laboratory for testing.
Once the allergy testing is complete, there are effective treatments to cope with your allergies, including allergy injections and sublingual drop therapy.
- Taking over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants
- Nasal irrigation with saline solution to clean out your nasal passages
- Placing allergy or HEPA filters in your house, especially your bedroom
- Frequently vacuuming or replacing carpeting with hardwood floors
- Using hypoallergenic pillowcases and bedding
- Keeping pets from coming into your bedroom and off of furniture
- Closing windows and doors in spring and summer to limit pollen exposure