What are your allergy triggers?
Asthma and allergies affect millions of people and some don’t even know it. Allergies happen when a person’s immune system reacts to certain substances or allergens. Allergies frequently run in the family, but different family members may have different responses. Many things can trigger your allergies. Some of the more common triggers are pollen, dust mites, mold, animal dander, cockroaches, insect stings, latex, food, or drugs.
You may have an idea of what some of your triggers are. There may be certain plants, your aunt’s cat, the dust bunnies under the bed that you know bother you. It is important to avoid known triggers. But it’s also helpful to keep notes on your symptoms. You should note when they start, how long they last, and what seems to make them happen.
If it’s too difficult to determine what is causing them, you should see about getting allergy testing. Then you can pinpoint exactly what your triggers are.
What allergy symptoms are you suffering from?
- Runny or stuffy nose, sneezing – Could be the result of a common cold or it could be allergies.
- Wheezing or shortness of breath – These are common symptoms of asthma and breathing problems, but also allergies.
- Itchy or Watery Eyes
- Scratchy Throat or Throat Clearing
- Coughing – a dry and persistent cough may be a sign that you have allergies.
- Rashes – From Eczema, contact dermatitis, and hives are all types of rashes that can be caused by allergies.
- Fatigue – Feeling tired or irritable? It could be caused by untreated allergies.
- Headache – 50% of adults experience a headache at least once a year. Some headaches can be caused by allergies.
- Nausea and Vomiting – These are symptoms of food allergies affecting 4-6% of children and 4% of adults.
- Recurring Ear Infections – This is common, especially in children.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms seasonally or throughout the year, you may be suffering from allergies, and you’re not alone; one out of every five Americans is affected by allergies. We want to help you eliminate your allergy symptoms and start fully enjoying Colorado!
What are the treatments for Allergies?
Treatments for different allergies may include medications such as steroid nasal sprays, antihistamines, or decongestants. Allergy shots (immunotherapy) may also help to treat your allergies.
Colorado ENT & Allergy is one of the leading allergy practices in the state of Colorado. Our physicians are board-certified in ENT, and most of them are also Fellows of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. They are available for consultation and treatment of allergic disorders for both children and adults.
First, we will perform the appropriate allergy diagnostic tests to determine the specific allergens that trigger your allergies. After the diagnosis, our COENT Physicians will recommend an allergy treatment plan for your specific condition. This could include allergy avoidance education, over-the-counter and prescription medication therapy, and allergy immunotherapy shots or drops.
Know what your allergy triggers are to avoid them.
Colorado ENT & Allergy is the regional leader in Colorado Springs for ear, nose, throat, and allergy care, providing a full range of the highest-quality, patient-centered services. Please Contact Us Today for a Consultation!