Some people in Dubuque suffer from their allergies when springtime trees and foliage release their pollen. Others have trouble when the furnace spreads dust mites and mold spores around even the cleanest of homes. The results are itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and runny noses. How can you mitigate those symptoms? Your otolaryngologists at Dubuque ENT Head & Neck Surgery make living with allergy symptoms easier, and educate their patients on what triggers allergic reactions and how they can reduce the suffering.
What’s making you allergic?
The things that cause people to sneeze, wheeze, develop hives or itchy eyes are called triggers or allergens. While they vary from person to person, common allergens are:
- Airborne–tree grass and weed pollen, mold spores, dust mites and animal dander
- Foods–peanuts, chocolate, wheat
- Medications–antibiotics, aspirin,
- Insect bites–bees, wasps, ants
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy say that people should know their triggers and how to avoid them or to suppress the body’s response as necessary. As a board-certified Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, Dr. Benda teaches his patients ways to treat their body’s response to allergens, allowing them to feel and function better.
Tests and treatments
The team at Dubuque ENT Head & Neck Surgery offers the latest in allergy testing and therapies to pinpoint what you are sensitive to and how best to treat it. Testing and therapies include:
- Skin and blood tests
- Food allergy testing
- Pulmonary function (lung) tests
- Allergy shots (immunotherapy)
- Sublingual therapy (under the tongue drops)
- Over the counter medications such as antihistamines and nose sprays
Simple avoidance strategies
The common sense way to avoid allergy symptoms is to reduce your exposure. Here are some strategies your ear, nose and throat doctor recommends:
- Stay indoors as much as possible on dry, windy days when the pollen count is high.
- If you have to be outdoors for extended periods, wear long sleeves and pants. Wear a particle mask if you cut the lawn or work in a dusty area.
- Use plenty of water: drink it, and take showers after being outdoors.
- Avoid wood smoke, perfume, new carpets and other highly aromatic substances.
- Avoid petting animals that you are allergic to, and then touching your face.
- If people in the home are allergic to pets, keep them out of bedrooms and off of furniture
- Use your home and car air conditioning (be sure the filters are clean).
- Humidify your home in the winter.
- Take your over the counter medication routinely before symptoms develop.
Control your allergies in Dubuque
Don’t let them control you! If you need evaluation or simply more ways to deal with allergies, contact Dubuque ENT Head & Neck Surgery for a consultation. Call (563) 588-0506 today.