Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Things Your Immunologist Wishes You Knew About Allergies

It goes without saying enduring allergy symptoms is a miserable experience. Add to that allergy ignorance, and you’re looking at long-term suffering. Fortunately, that suffering can be alleviated. Unfortunately, your Glendale Asthma & Allergy Clinic may assume you have the necessary information to address the situation when, in fact, you’re seriously in the dark.

Shed some light on stubborn allergy symptoms with these potentially missing links:

If the immunologist at your local allergy and asthma clinic could get in your head, you might discover…

  • You may be taking the wrong medication
    Avoiding the doctor with over-the-counter (OTC) oral antihistamines isn’t helping. Prescription steroid nasal sprays and prescribed antihistamines work significantly better.
  • You waited too long
    Starting medication prescribed by your allergy or asthma doctor after allergies set-in makes treatment difficult.
  • You need some personal space from your pet
    Keeping them out of your bedroom will make a huge difference – as will a HEPA air purifier.
  • Your pet’s NOT hypoallergenic
    He might shed less hair, but you could be allergic to dander or saliva.
  • You DO need those expensive bedding covers
    Pillow and mattress encasings between 2-4 microns prevent dust mite migration for those with dust mite related allergies.
  • Neti pots work
    Even allergists use them.
  • You can’t outrun allergies
    No matter how far away you move, you could develop allergies anywhere at any time. And if you’re allergic to one kind of pollen, it increases your likelihood of developing allergies to other (new) pollens.
  • You don’t have to suffer
    Though you might feel like it, you won’t die from allergic rhinitis. But suffering through them without visiting the immunologist won’t win you a medal. Untreated symptoms could end up costing you more in sinus and ear infections – and lost sleep. Stop waiting for spontaneous remission and get help. 

Tired of sneezing your way through the day? Find an allergy and asthma clinic near you today!

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