Why Do We Have Allergies?

By AOO on March 21, 2018 under Allergy

Why Do We Have Allergies?

Allergy symptoms develop as our immune system’s response to an allergen. This reaction can result in many uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, a stuffy nose, scratchy throat, hives, and shortness of breath. Understanding how and what your body is reacting to can help you to manage your allergy symptoms.

What are common allergens?

Before allergy symptoms can be properly managed, it is helpful to identify the allergen that’s causing the problem. Allergens can be found outside during certain seasons or be present in your household year-round. If your allergy symptoms are worse in the springtime, pollen from trees like elm, maple, birch, ash, oak, and walnut might be the cause. If your allergy symptoms occur all year, a household allergen like dust, pet dander, or molds could be the trigger. If you suspect mold is the cause, be sure to inspect indoor plants, old books, bathrooms, windowsills, and other damp areas of your home.

How can I manage allergies?

Although rarely life-threatening, allergy symptoms can be persistent and bothersome. Symptoms can be managed by avoiding the allergen if possible, or with the use of medications or allergy shots. Antihistamines, steroid sprays, and decongestants can be used to manage most common allergy symptoms.

ENT and Allergies?

You should see a doctor for your allergy symptoms if you are having trouble controlling them on your own or are experiencing severe discomfort. Your doctor can also perform an allergy test to determine what you are allergic to and look for signs of infection or a structural problem.

If you are in the Denver area, you can see one of our ENT specialists at Associates of Otolaryngology for your allergy symptoms. Contact our office today for more information or to schedule your appointment.