Seasonal Allergy Sufferer?
Spring is right here. If you’re among the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies, you’ll be greeting it with an itchy nose and watery eyes. The good news is you can find relief from your symptoms.
The first step toward fighting allergies is knowing whether you have them. Watch for signs like these:
• Runny, stuffy or itchy nose, or sneezing
• Itchy or watery eyes, or dark circles under your eyes
• Pressure in your cheeks and ears
• Hives or a rash
If your symptoms are mild, an over-the-counter remedy may help you. If they are severe, your doctor may suggest that you have a simple allergy test to find out exactly what’s causing them.
Avoid Your Triggers
Once you know what substances trigger your symptoms, you can try to avoid them. For example, if you are allergic to pollen from trees or grass, you might use an air conditioner to keep the air inside your home pollen-free. If mold is the problem, you may want to consider removing your houseplants and using fans to keep dry air moving through your home.
Medications can help lessen your symptoms, too. Antihistamines treat sneezing, runny nose and itching, while decongestants relieve a stuffy nose. Both are available without a doctor’s prescription. Your doctor may prescribe eye drops or nasal spray to beat severe symptoms.
When medications aren't enough, surgery may be an option. Sinus Solutions at Gwinnett Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life and outcomes for chronic sinusitis sufferers, as well as to delivering coordinated care between the referring physician, the otolaryngologist (ENT, or ear, nose and throat specialist) and the operating room personnel. Our goal is to provide sinus relief and the best care for sinusitis sufferers. Our specialists are experts in the latest minimally invasive sinus surgery techniques, such as Balloon Sinuplasty™ and image-guided endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS).