What is an Allergy?
An allergy is a specific, exaggerated reaction to a particular substance. These are called allergens.
Common respiratory allergens include
- Animal dander
Non-respiratory allergens include
- Insect bites/stings
- Things with which we come into physical contact
What are the most common symptoms of allergy?
- Profuse, watery/runny nose
- Bouts of recurrent sneezing
- Itchy eyes, nose, and/or throat
- Eye tearing
Symptoms associated with allergies include
- Ear pressure
- Hearing loss
- Stuffy nose
- Worsening of known bronchial asthma
- Avoid triggers if known
- HEPA filters
- Bedding liners
- Limit fabrics on furniture, floors, window covering as these collect dust and other allergens
- Air conditioners in hot weather
Over-the -Counter medications
- Nasal steroid sprays
- Antihistamine eye drops
- Nasal saline irrigation
- Allergy testing if avoidance and OTC medications are ineffective
Before you take any over-the-counter (OTC) medication consult your primary doctor or a specialist familiar with your medical history and your health conditions. Some OTC drugs can have serious side effects.