Taking the Fight to Seasonal Allergies
Allergies are awful. Anyone who suffers from the itchiness, dryness and congestion of seasonal rhinitis will tell you that the sneezing is just the tip of the iceberg. What truly makes allergies miserable is the steady flow of histamines splashing through the veins, and the dour mood that often comes with them.
Allergies are most severe in the spring and summer, and predictably, this is when our nation’s journalists return to that old standby, the allergy prevention checklist. If you’ve read one such piece, you’ve read them all: common tips include staying indoors, investing in air purifiers, checking the weather, and so on. But one less commonly mentioned idea from Scoop San Diego should always be Step One – get yourself tested:
While hay fever may not seem serious, self-diagnosis and self-treatment can be. Many popular over-the-counter medications can cause sleep disturbances and mental impairment. If you have symptoms, make an appointment with an allergist for proper testing. Allergy testing can be done as skin tests or as blood tests, with positive results usually appearing in about 20 minutes.
Everything we do to combat seasonal allergies flows from this step, which can quickly reveal precisely what it is that ails you. My sinus surgery practice offers a number of cutting edge medical technologies for diagnosis, including fast and accurate allergy testing.
If you are tired of feeling woozy and miserable every fall, contact me to make an appointment today.