Allergies are symptoms caused by your body overreacting to things that may not cause problems for most people. Things that cause these symptoms are called allergens.
Common allergens include pollen from trees/grass/weeds, mold, dust, and animal dander (found in the skin, saliva and urine of pets like cats and dogs).
Symptoms vary among people but the most frequent reactions to allergens are the following:
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Itchy nose, eyes, roof of mouth
- Congestion (stuffy nose)
- Pressure in nose, forehead and cheeks
- Ear fullness and popping
There are several ways to help allergy symptoms. The most obvious way is to try to avoid coming into contact with the allergen in the first place. This can be hard to do!
You can also try modifying your environment to limit contact with allergens. For example, avoiding pets. Other ideas are listed below:
Not spending much time outdoors on dry, windy days when the pollen count is high
Keep windows closed during high pollen season (Spring), use air conditioning if possible
Wash your bed linens frequently in hot water to cut down on allergens you bring into the house
Take a shower before bed to wash off allergens
Limit those things in your home that collect dust (drapes, carpets etc)
There are certain medications that can be used to modify your body’s response to allergens. One group of medications is called antihistamines. These are commonly found over-the-counter.
If you would like to discuss use of medications or other allergy remedies please make an appointment at SHS by clicking on the Make an Appointment link to the left.