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Your watery eyes itch. Your nose is running, and your throat feels scratchy. Do you have a cold? No, these are symptoms of your seasonal allergies in Cary, NC. How can you feel better? Dr. Pankaj Gupta, board-certified otolaryngologist, suggests several common strategies which reduce the unpleasantness of allergies.
What are your triggers?
Common allergy triggers--things or environmental conditions which instigate symptoms--are dust mites, pollen, wood smoke, mold and animal dander. Many individuals experience sensitivities to certain foods, medications, and fabrics as well.
While Dr. Gupta recommends you seek testing and treatment (shot therapy, sublingual drop therapy or over the counter medication) for more severe symptoms, less problematic allergies can be dealt with using simple lifestyle changes. These changes are especially helpful with seasonal allergies--those sensitivities which happen as winter changes to spring, summer changes to fall and so on.
So know your triggers, and plan to control them as they enter your environment or you enter theirs.
Simple preventives in Cary
There are many things you can do daily which help mitigate allergy discomforts. Just think about them, apply them intentionally and routinely, and you'll experience less intense symptoms. Here are some great examples from Dr. Gupta and from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology:
- Leave your shoes by the door. You'll keep your floors clean and track far less tree and grass pollen into the house.
- Wipe your dog down with a damp washcloth after a walk. This removes the pollen and road dust your pet inevitably picks up on his or her coat. Regarding cats, keep them inside if at all possible.
- Take a shower after you have been working or working out (jogging, walking, biking) outdoors. You, too, drag pollen into your home. The steam from your shower also opens your nasal passages and airway for better breathing.
- Reduce the humidity in your home with a dehumidifier. Less than 60 percent is ideal so mold growth is inhibited.
- Wear sunglasses to keep pollen from entering your eyes, and stay indoors if possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when pollen is at its highest.
- In warm weather, close up the house and car, and use your air conditioning. Keep your HVAC units clean, and invest in HEPA filters to reduce the dust, animal dander, pollen, mold and other airborne particulates. Buy an allergen-reducing vacuum cleaner, and keep your floors and furniture clean.
- Wear long-sleeves and pants when working in dusty or pollen-filled environments.
- Check your local TV and radio news for area pollen counts during peak seasons. Also, there are many allergy alert apps for your smartphone, tablet or other mobile devices which can keep you informed on current trigger levels in your area.
You can feel better
Get relief from your allergies in Cary, NC. Contact Wake Ear, Nose And Throat Specialists for more information or a one on one consultation with Dr. Gupta. Call (919) 851-5636.
Many children have allergies: to medication, foods or environmental factors. But as an adult, you might be surprised to learn you can develop allergies to things that never bothered you previously. With as many as 30% of adults dealing with allergies, it's a common problem seen at Wake Ear Nose and Throat Specialists in Cary, NC. Our ENT physician - Dr. Pankaj Gupta - explain how adult-onset allergies start and what to do about them, here.
Allergens affecting adults
The same types of allergy-causing triggers that affect children can also affect adults in their 40's, 50's and even 60's and 70's. Many find themselves suffering with itching, hives and sneezing once the weather warms and pollen, weeds and grass becomes more prevalent. Environmental allergies - molds, dust or animal dander - can also wreak havoc. Medications or food - in particular shellfish, nuts or certain fruits - may also cause an allergic reaction and send people to their Cary ENT for treatment.
Why are allergies affecting me now?
Whatever the trigger, allergies happen when the immune system has an over-reactive response to a stimulant. As to why that happens, experts say it's not quite clear. A change of environment - such as a move to a warmer climate - could be the cause. It may be that the allergic person has always had the issue and has simply become more aware of their reactions as they get older.
How do I know if it's an allergy?
The best way to pinpoint an allergy is to have an evaluation from your ENT. Various symptoms might lead you in that direction: a persistent cough or sore throat with no other cold symptoms, itchy and watery eyes, a persistently runny nose with clear discharge or difficulty breathing in the absence of any other diseases.
At Wake Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, we are committed to helping you find the source of your allergies, regardless of the age they begin, and working with you to manage your symptoms. Contact us in Cary, NC to set up a consultation today!