Your allergy symptoms could be due to many irritations, such as foods, pollen, dust or mold. To determine the source of your allergy, you will want to see our experienced allergy nurses who specialize in evaluating and treating. The allergy department 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 or a surgical procedure, or something as simple as a small life 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 a whole list of 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 go get prescription medications. A lot of people get the best relief from a combination of medications.
Has the endless array of over-the-counter options proved futile for you? For more chronic and debilitating allergies, you might benefit from the non-invasive Balloon Sinus Dilation. 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 proper drainage will eliminate buildup. Come by for a visit and 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.