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It is not uncommon for individuals to suffer year after year with symptoms that affect the quality of their life. Allergy symptoms are very common and can often be controlled fairly easily with over-the-counter medication. At other times, however, there’s more to the treatment than that. This is when you’ll need a professional to step in and assess your condition, but how do you know when it is time to finally let them take charge?
If you are experiencing unexpected allergy attacks with seemingly no cause (change of weather, dog fur, insect bites, etc.), it is probably best that you see an allergist who will be able to carry out a test for different irritants so you can be sure what exactly your body reacting to. It could be either an irritant or a combination of different things.
Over-the-counter allergy medication is supposed to be a temporary means of relief. If you are visiting a relative with a furry pet, you may want to bring along some Zyrtec. However, if you are consuming it every day, or taking large quantities of it, it is not healthy. Common side effects of antihistamines include dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue, and in extreme cases, kidney damage.
Having a clogged nose is one thing, but a swollen throat can prove to be life-threatening. If you are experiencing severe shortness of breath or hives in addition to your allergy symptoms then don’t take any chances with OTC medication.
Are your allergies stopping you from doing certain things and going to certain places? Do you have to wait for long for your allergy medication to take effect? Alternatively, do you feel reluctant to go out with your friends, go camping or anything similar to have fun just because of the fear of suffering an allergic reaction? If you nodded yes to any of these questions, then do yourself a favor and visit the allergist.
An allergist can help:
The treatment you receive from an allergist can range from allergy shots to a non-drowsy prescription medicine. The professional may also give you tips for monitoring allergens in your home, like throwing your pillows in the dryer once every week or keeping pets out of the bedroom.
Once you are tested, you may also choose to go with alternative treatments, like naturopathic or acupuncture and holistic remedies.
If you are unsure of where to start, contact us today and we will hook you up with the best allergist in New York.