Usually by this time if you are prone to allergies and you live in Connecticut, you’re pretty miserable with the typical season symptoms: runny nose or congestion; sinus headaches; watery, itchy eyes; and cough. However, you may have noticed that this year has been a little different. With the weather fluctuating so much and all the rain, pollen counts, and consequently your allergies, have been kept at bay.
It seems, however, that warmer, sunnier skies are ahead, which is great news for our vitamin-D deficiency and our spirits, but not so great news for our allergies. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) explains that once the rain stops, the pollen count can skyrocket, and according to The Weather Channel, that is exactly what is about to happen.
Are you prepared for your allergies?
Maybe you have already stocked up on decongestants, antihistamines, corticosteroids, ibuprofen and eye drops and are ready to go as soon as your symptoms to hit. However, the truth is that in order to most effectively relieve your symptoms, you should be “pretreating,” taking the medicine before you are exposed to the allergen. This way, when your allergies do hit, the medication will already be working to either lessen the symptoms or prevent them altogether. This means that best way to treat your allergies is to treat them even when you’re allergy-free.
This proactive route can be expensive and inconvenient. Also allergy medications can cause both short- and long-term side effects, and the risks increase with increased usage.
So now, with allergy season about to hit with a vengeance, is there any other way you can prepare yourself? At CT Sinus Center, our answer to that question is “yes.” When it comes to sinus and allergies problems, we are the leader in permanent relief. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert physicians to see how we can help you be ready.
During your consultation, we will take a patient-centered approach that begins with asking you exactly what symptoms you have and then performing thorough testing with up-to-date diagnostic methods to find out what’s causing them. Next we will discuss all available treatment options. You may be an ideal candidate for Balloon Sinus Dilation, a non-invasive, in-house procedure in which a small balloon is inflated in the nasal cavity in order to drain your sinuses and keep the passages permanently open. Or Turbinate Reductions may be the better choice for your symptoms. This is an outpatient surgical process in which soft tissue is removed in order to increase airflow and decrease post nasal drip. Whichever personalized treatment option we provide, you’ll be breathing freely even when the allergens fly (in all seasons).
We’ve been pretty lucky with the lack of allergy suffering this year, but it’s time to stop taking it for granted and be proactive about relief (before our luck runs out). Keep an eye on the daily pollen and mold report on this page of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology site, and call CT Sinus Center at (860) BALLOON so that the report becomes less of a warning and more like a reminder of the carefree summer days yet to come.