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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
Allergies can be difficult to deal with and can affect people regardless of age. Allergies are when a person's immune system overreacts to something harmless that the person could have ingested or been exposed to through their environment. Dr. James Maddox of Garland, TX, helps patients suffering from allergies.
Here's more about what you need to know about:
Allergies aren't limited to issues like hay fever, where a person constantly sneezes, has a runny nose, suffers from nasal stuffiness and itchy, watery eyes. Allergies can be a chronic health problem.
Allergies may cause:
- chronic sinus problems
- post-nasal drip
- head congestion
- frequent colds
- recurring ear infections
- chronic cough
- stomach and intestinal problems
- skin rashes
- chronic headaches
Visiting an Otolaryngological specialist like Dr. Maddox in Garland can help tremendously. He'll be able to diagnose your problem and recommend treatment. If you're not from Garland, no problem. Dr. Maddox treats patients in the Rowlett area as well.
The three commonly used and accepted approaches to treating allergies are:
- Avoiding the things a person is allergic to: Once an allergen has been identified, you'll need to eliminate or avoid contact with it.
- Pharmacotherapy (medications): Medications can help control symptoms. Medications include: antihistamines and decongestants, among others.
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots or desensitization): If previous treatment options don't work, Dr. Maddox will work to improve the patient's immune system by injecting the patient with allergens incrementally. This should help reduce the sensitivity and reaction a person's body has to the allergen.
Don't ignore your allergy symptoms. You should visit your physician when you experience allergies, as they can impact your body in other ways:
- Chronic Sinusitis
- Nasal Polyps
- Fluid In The Middle Ear
- Chronic Ear Infections
Want to learn more about treatments for allergies from Dr. James Maddox? Call his Garland, TX, office at (972) 272-5555. Also serving the Rowlett, TX, area.
A runny nose, itchy, reddened eyes, sneezing...these miserable symptoms represent something millions of Americans suffer from. It's allergies, and Dr. James Maddox, your Garland & Rowlett, TX ENT doctor, helps patients of all ages manage their symptoms. Learn how this experienced physician pinpoints the triggers of allergic reactions and relieves them.
What are allergies?
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says that broadly speaking, allergic symptoms occur when your body's own immune system reacts too strenuously to something you have eaten, touched, or inhaled. Common allergic triggers are:
- Plant pollen
- Insect bites
- Latex gloves and condoms
- Animal dander (tiny bits of an animal's skin--typically from a pet cat or dog)
- Some medications, such as antibiotics
Symptoms range from mild to severe (anaphylactic shock is rare but life-threatening as it threatens the ability to breathe and have proper organ function). At our Garland office, allergies can be identified, alleviated, and managed so that patients feel good and function at their best.
Common allergy symptoms include:
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Nasal congestion and copious mucus production
- Post-nasal drip
- Sinus headaches
- Drop in hearing
Testing for and treating allergy symptoms
Blood work and skin testing help your otolaryngologist determine what environmental triggers, food allergies, and tactile irritants cause your various allergy symptoms. Dr. Maddox also listens carefully to patient input on what they believe may trigger their symptoms, the allergies' exact nature, how long they last, and what may worsen or improve them. The doctor then carefully creates a care plan tailored to individual need, medical history, age, lifestyle and of course, results of allergy testing.
Common strategies for avoiding or managing allergy symptoms include:
- Avoidance of known triggers (if possible)
- Immunotherapy (ie allergy shots) which expose the patient to a small number of allergens to desensitize the immune system's reactions
- Antihistamine medications to block the production of the natural substances that the body makes when exposed to a trigger
- Nasal decongestants, including steroidal medication if needed
- Corticosteroidal creams to reduce the itching and inflammation from skin reactions
- Self-injected epinephrine (epi-pen) which reverses the severe symptoms associated with insect bites, food, and medications
People with persistent allergies should keep a diary of symptoms and triggers whenever possible, and those with life-threatening conditions should alert family, coworkers, teachers, and so on. Medical alert jewelry, such as a bracelet or necklace, is helpful, too.
Your allergy symptoms needn't rule your life. Identify and manage them with the knowledgeable assistance of Dr. James Maddox. Call his Garland office today for a helpful consultation: (972) 272-5555. We also serve the Rowlett, TX area!