Allergies are extremely common condition and affects 40-60 million Americans.
What are the most common allergies?
Allergic rhinitis (or nasal allergies) occurs when allergens in the air trigger the release of histamine in the body, causing itching, swelling, and fluid to build up in the fragile linings of the nasal passages, sinuses and eyelids. The most common causes of rhinitis are:
- Pollen given off by trees, grass, and weeds
- Dust mites
- Cockroach waste
- Animal dander
- Fumes and odors
- Hormonal changes
- Certain medicines and overuse of topical nose sprays
- Changes in the environment
- Certain foods or spices
What are the most common symptoms?
Allergies can cause nasal tissue to swell. This makes the air passages smaller. The nose may feel stuffed up. The nose may also make extra mucus, which can plug the nasal passages or drip out of the nose. Mucus can drip down the back of the throat (postnasal drip) as well. Sinus tissue can swell. This may cause pain and headache. Common allergy symptoms include:
- Runny nose with clear, watery discharge
- Stuffy nose (nasal congestion)
- Drainage down your throat (postnasal drip)
- Red, watery eyes
- Itchy nose, eyes, ears, and throat
- Plugged-up ears (ear congestion)
- Sore throat
- Sinus pain and swelling
How do you treat allergies?
When it comes to treating allergies, the initial plan is medication followed by testing and surgery, when appropriate.
At what point should I see an ENT for allergy issues?
If you or a member of your family has been suffering from allergies and found no relief with over-the-counter medications, an ENT may be able to help.
Does everyone with allergies need or qualify for sinus surgery?
No. If medications help to manage and improve quality of life, surgery is often not needed. However, if medications fail to manage your symptoms, surgery can help you find relief.
Find Out More
To learn more about allergies and how Gwinnett ENT can help you find relief or to make an appointment, call 678-312-7390.