The Real Costs of Allergies

Suffering from allergies can be expensive, especially if you have them year-round. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), “Allergies are the 6th leading causes of chronic illness in the United States, with more than 50 million sufferers each year. ”

In our previous blog “Say €˜No’ to Lifelong Sinus Medication‘” we shared a study by the Academy of Allergy and Asthma in Primary Care stating that (combined) per year, sinus sufferers spend $17.5 billion on health costs, lose 6 million work and school days, and make 16 million visits to the doctor.

While those numbers are frightening enough, let’s take a look at some of the costs that you may not necessarily consider when estimating the more obvious expenses such as copays and medication (over-the-counter and prescription):

  • Side effects of treatments
  • Constant fatigue
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Lack of sleep
  • Low motivation
  • Loss of productivity
  • Pressure to make up lost professional or academic work from sick work/school days
  • Time lost traveling to doctor’s offices
  • Gas/Parking fees for doctor’s office
  • Restricted diet
  • Fluctuations in weight
  • Poor nutrition
  • Vitamin Supplements
  • Natural/Organic Alternatives (such as nasal irrigation)
  • Lost family time
  • Lost personal time
  • Lost outdoor time (to avoid pollen)
  • Excessive Cleaning (to eliminate dust)
  • Cosmetic Purchases (to cover up dark circles and puffy eyes)
  • Frustration
  • Depression

These are just some of the hidden costs of suffering from allergies, and unfortunately, they are all very common and compound to make things even worse. Consequently, when you suffer from constant allergies, life isn’t as good as it should be. It’s really a vicious circle: When you’re not feeling well, you don’t do the things you should to take care of yourself. And when you don’t take care of yourself, you feel even worse both physically and emotionally. Of course, you can take decongestants, antihistamines and corticosteroids to help your symptoms, but each one of those options carry their own risks (including monetary costs).

There is help: CT Sinus Center can put a stop to your allergy suffering and get you back to feeling like yourself in as little as one day. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert physicians and tell us exactly what you’ve been experiencing. Our patient-centered approach and up-to-date diagnostic methods and treatments , including balloon sinus dilation, will allow us to find the perfect path to putting an end to your suffering. This is why we are called the leaders in permanent relief.

It’s time to stop living in a haze of dust mites, pollen and losty experience, call us at (860) BALLOON and get back to the quality of life you deserve.

For more information on allergies and sinusitis, the CT Sinus Center website and blog.