Do you need allergy relief? If so, you’re certainly not alone, because more than 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies. And although they’re often associated with springtime pollen, allergies can occur year-round and be caused by a wide variety of environmental factors.
Allergies can cause many ongoing symptoms, including a runny nose, hives and can lead to an overall feeling of tiredness.
In this blog, the specialists at DFW Sinus Select will explain the best treatments for allergy relief.
What are allergies?
Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide, and they’re the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S., according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
They cause symptoms that range from an itchy, runny nose that make you miserable to putting you at risk for a life-threatening reaction.
An allergic reaction begins when your body reacts to an otherwise harmless substance, mistakenly treating it as an invader.
Our immune system protects us from invading organisms – such as bacteria and viruses – that can cause illness. But in some cases, it mistakenly identifies a harmless substance – such as pollen, dust, or certain foods – as a danger when we inhale it, touch it, or swallow it.
The immune system then overreacts to these substances, known as allergens, by producing Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies that bind onto the allergen and cause chemicals such as histamine to be released into the blood. These chemicals are what cause an allergic reaction and its accompanying symptoms.
What are the symptoms of allergies?
An allergic reaction can trigger reactions in the airways, skin, and digestive system. For some people, allergies can also trigger symptoms of asthma such as wheezing. Symptoms can also vary according to the type of allergen.
Common symptoms of an allergic reaction to an allergen that’s inhaled or touched include:
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Itchy, runny nose
- Feeling tired or ill
In some cases, an allergen can cause anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. It occurs when the chemicals released by your immune system cause your airways to narrow and your blood pressure to drop suddenly. This type of reaction requires immediate medical attention.
What are the treatment options for allergies?
Allergy medications are available over-the-counter as well as by prescription. They are available as pills, liquids, inhalers, nasal sprays, eye drops, skin creams, and injections.
Medications can vary in their effectiveness, and some may cause symptoms such as drowsiness. They often need to be taken on an ongoing basis.
Immunotherapy is a treatment option that is used to build up tolerance by exposing the patient to increasingly larger amounts of the allergen. At first, tiny amounts of the environmental substance to which the patient is allergic are used. Over time, they’ll be gradually increased and then continued at this level. Your symptoms will improve and may completely go away, ending your reliance on medication.
Immunotherapy can be administered by periodic injection (allergy shots) or Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT), which is administered under the tongue.
Where can I find the best allergy relief in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?
At DFW Sinus Select, we offer state-of-the-art specialty medical care in a personalized, compassionate manner in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
We provide the complete spectrum of diagnostics to correctly identify exactly what’s causing your symptoms. Based on these results as well as your medical history, we’ll recommend the appropriate treatment for your nose, sinus, and allergy issues. Our practice specializes in the latest minimally invasive treatments to achieve maximum relief.
If you’re suffering from allergies, it’s important to visit a DFW Sinus Select Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist (ENT) to be properly diagnosed for your sinus issues and receive information about your treatment options. We’ll help you find the allergy relief that can improve your symptoms and overall quality of life.
Schedule an appointment today!