Over 40 million Americans suffer from allergies,
a condition in which the body reacts to plant pollen,
pollution and particular foods, in a way most other
people do not. The symptoms of an allergy
can be quite broad, including not only the familiar
sneezing, runny nose, nasal stuffiness, and itchy, watery
eyes of "hayfever," but chronic "sinus"
problems, postnasal drip, head congestion, frequent
"colds," recurring ear infections, chronic
cough and asthma. Even stomach and intestinal problems,
many skin rashes, chronic headaches and fatigue can
be allergy symptoms.
can appear at any age. Some show up in childhood and
then fade, only to reappear in adulthood. For some,
the onset of symptoms may occur, or get worse, when
such factors as emotional stress, fatigue, infection,
hormonal changes, air pollution and weather occur. These
"triggers" add to what is called the "total
allergic load," or the amount of allergens your
body can handle at any given time. By avoiding the contributing
factors, you may be able to lighten your allergic load
enough to ease your symptoms.
will depend upon the type of allergy
you have and its severity. Inhalant allergies
can be treated simply by avoiding the offending substance
- the dust or mold or pollen. Antihistamines can
offer additional relief when the allergens can't be
completely avoided. Food allergies are more complicated
to treat. An individualized testing and treatment plan
will be created for you to relieve your symptoms. Contact
our office today and find out how we can help you with
your allergy symptoms.