As the summer weather warms up, your mind may be on sitting pool-side, going to the beach, or other fun outdoor summer activities. However, one thing to consider is how to protect yourself from allergy flare-ups not only during the summer but all year round. Learn how to control your allergies with help from your Lafayette, LA ear, nose, and throat doctors at Lafayette Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists.
How do I know if I have allergies?
Allergies can begin at any time during your life, even if you have never had them before. This sometimes makes it difficult to distinguish allergy flare-ups like hay fever from the common cold. Many symptoms are the same, but there are some symptoms which are tell-tale signs of seasonal allergies, including:
- itchy throat
- itchy eyes
- a runny nose
- watery eyes
- clear, thin nasal discharge
- symptoms lasting longer than two weeks
Allergy Treatment in Lafayette, LA
Often, the first step in treating allergies is to determine exactly what you are allergic to. An allergy test, performed in your doctor’s office, places various allergens onto the skin to measure its reactions. Depending on the severity of the allergy, your doctor may suggest different treatments. Over-the-counter and prescription medications like antihistamines help relieve the symptoms of allergies from the inside out. Nasal sprays and eye drops help flush allergens from the nose and eyes. An allergy shot works similarly to an immunization, injecting small amounts of the allergen into the body over time to build resistance. Allergy shots eventually eliminate the need for allergy medications and are available at Lafayette Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists.
How can I prevent allergy flare-ups?
The easiest way to prevent allergy flare-ups is to reduce your exposure to allergens. Try to avoid being outside during allergy season and ask another family member to do outside chores such as mowing the lawn. If you do lawn chores, always change clothes after being outside and wash your face to rinse the pollen away. Keep track of pollen counts using your local news or a smartphone app. Be sure to see your doctor to determine the best way to handle your allergies.
For more information on controlling your allergies, please contact Dr. John W. Alldredge, Dr. C. Barrett Alldredge, and Dr. Denbo H. Montgomery, at Lafayette Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists in Lafayette, LA. Call 337-232-2330 to schedule your allergy test today!