Many individuals suffer from allergies, including children and adults alike. However, sometimes, allergies can get in the way of your everyday activities with uncomfortable and annoying symptoms. If you are living with allergies and wish to get your symptoms under control, our physicians at Associates of Otolaryngology can help.
What is Allergic Rhinitis?
Allergic rhinitis, also known as allergies or hay fever, is a common occurrence in many patients. Allergies occur when your body’s immune system attacks the particles in the air that you breathe in. In turn, this causes common allergy symptoms to occur, including a runny nose and sneezing.
Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis
Common symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis include:
- Repetitive sneezing
- A runny nose and postnasal drip
- Watery and itchy eyes
- Itchiness in your ears, nose, and throat
To diagnose allergic rhinitis, one of our ENT physicians will examine you and talk to you about your symptoms. In some cases, an allergy test can be done to help determine what you are allergic to.
Allergic Rhinitis Treatment
There is presently no cure for allergies, though there are some things that can be done to help lessen your symptoms. Doing your best to avoid the cause for your symptoms is one of the best things you can do. Cleaning your house regularly to eliminate dust, mold, and animal dander, as well as avoiding the outdoors when pollen counts are high can all help.
Over-the-counter allergy medications can often help to control symptoms. In cases where allergies are more severe, immunotherapy is an option to help reduce symptoms. This consists of allergy shots that will help your body to become familiar with the allergy over time, lessening your body’s reaction to allergens.
If you are located in the Denver or Lone Tree areas, contact our office today to learn more about your treatment options for allergic rhinitis.