Time To See An Allergist
Is it time to visit an allergist?
Whether you’re suffering from seasonal allergies or your symptoms seem to be year round, it may be time to schedule an appointment with an allergist. If over-the-counter allergy medication doesn’t seem to be successfully managing your symptoms, an allergist can help you get to the bottom of the problem in order to find the best treatment option for you.
Common symptoms of seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itchy nose
- Itchy and watery eyes
- Sore throat
- Itchy skin or rashes
- Frequent headaches
What is an allergist?
An allergist is a medical practitioner who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma and other allergic diseases. He or she helps to identify the allergens that trigger asthma and allergies, then suggests options for the management, treatment, and prevention of allergy problems.
During an appointment with an allergist, he or she may go through your medical history and perform a physical examination. The allergist may suggest a skin prick test or intradermal test for allergens that affect you. After the allergist evaluates your skin test results, he or she will speak to you about the best treatment options for your allergy symptoms. This may include medications alone or a combination of medication and immunotherapy.
Over-the-counter allergy medication
There are many options to choose from when it comes to over-the-counter allergy medication, so it may feel overwhelming when you’re faced with selecting one that works for you. Zyrtec and Claritin are two of the most common oral allergy medications available, which are taken once daily. Flonase, Nasacort, or Rhinocort, which are steroid nasal sprays, are also quite popular and can be effective in treating mild allergy symptoms.
Immunotherapy is a form of treatment for allergic diseases. This type of treatment involves regular intervals of allergy injections (shots) over approximately three to five years to help reduce or stop allergic reactions. Each injection contains a very small amount of the allergens that trigger a patient’s allergy symptoms and are meant to stimulate the immune system. Over time, the patient’s immune system will build up a tolerance to the allergens, reducing the severity of symptoms.
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