Allergy symptoms can be caused by any number of irritations, such as food, pollen, dust or mold. To determine the source of your allergy, you will want to see our experienced allergy nurses who specialize in evaluation and treatment. The allergy department at CT Sinus Center offers evaluation and dietary counseling for environmental and food allergies, including fungi. Thorough and specific skin testing is done for proper diagnosis. Once allergies have been identified, our allergy team will develop an individualized and effective treatment plan, whether it includes medication, a surgical procedure, or something as simple as a small lifestyle adjustment (as your allergic reaction could be caused by a pollutant in your environment).
Hay fever is an allergy that causes cold-like symptoms. Unlike a cold, however, hay fever is not caused by a virus — it is caused by an allergic response to allergens found either indoors or outside. Examples of things that can lead to this include pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and other commonly found irritants. The signs and symptoms of hay fever tend to start immediately after exposure to a specific allergy-causing substance, or “allergen,” including:
- Runny nose and nasal congestion
- Watery or itchy eyes
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
- Sinus pressure and facial pain
- Swollen, blue-colored skin under the eyes
- Decreased sense of smell or taste
With non-severe hay fever symptoms, over-the-counter medications have been found to help. If you are finding the symptoms unbearable, you might want to consider scheduling an appointment at CT Sinus Center to discuss prescription medication. Many people find the best relief from a combination of medications.
Have the endless array of over-the-counter, and even prescription, medication options proved futile for you? For more chronic and debilitating allergies, you might benefit from the non-invasive Balloon Sinus Dilation procedure. It doesn’t just temporarily treat your symptoms, like medications often do, but helps reshape your nasal passages for permanent relief. This effectively decreases the chances of continued problems as lasting, proper sinus drainage will eliminate congestion.
Schedule an appointment to learn about the state-of-the-art options we have in store for you — some of which you won’t find anywhere else, from CT to DC.