Have you had itchy or watery eyes lately? How about sneezing, with a runny or stuffy nose? If yes, you may be one of the 50 million people nationwide who suffer from some form of allergies.
Symptoms of Allergies
Allergy symptoms can be similar to symptoms of the common cold. While a cold is generally short-lived (7-10 days), allergy symptoms can linger for months or can be year-round. Symptoms of allergies include itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, post nasal drainage, and cough. Colds can cause a fever, which is not a common symptom of allergies. If a patient is allergic to pollen, he/she will usually notice a seasonal pattern to the symptoms.
Individuals suffering from seasonal pollen allergies may actually find relief during the colder winter months, other individuals suffering from perennial (year round allergies) may suffer during the same time. In fact individuals with mold, animal dander or dust mite allergy may be just as miserable in the winter time as they are during pollen seasons. Symptoms are often exacerbated when the furnace kicks on sending dust mite and animal danders into the environment.
Allergy Conditions Treated
We often see complications of allergic rhinitis, such as sinus infections, ear infections, headaches, disruption in sleep and poor school performance. We provide a complete range of allergy and immunology services helping you get back to the activities you enjoy. We treat adults and children in the care and treatment of:
- Bee sting allergies
- Food allergies
- Seasonal allergies
- Environmental allergies
- Medication allergies
- Pet allergies
- Immunotherapy treatment (allergy shots)
- Asthma symptoms
Allergy testing is helpful in determining whether symptoms are truly due to allergies. It is recommended that all patients with moderate or severe asthma undergo allergy testing. Determining what one is allergic to can help with knowing when to take medications (for seasonal allergies) and for implementing avoidance measures. We can test for environmental allergens (pollens, dust mite, mold and animal dander), foods, stinging insects and some medications. Allergy testing is relatively painless and done in an Allergist’s office. Results are obtained in 20 minutes. A blood test is also available, but is slightly less accurate than skin testing and it takes longer to get results.
Newborns generally do not have respiratory allergies. It can take several seasons of exposure to a pollen to develop a seasonal allergy. Allergies to year-round allergens (dust mite, animal dander) can be seen earlier. Food allergies and eczema can develop in infants. It is normal for children to have 6-10 colds per year, more if they attend daycare. Cold symptoms can be mistaken for allergies in young children.