When To See An Allergy Specialist: Symptoms & Treatment
While some people may have minor allergies that don’t really seem to impact their day, others feel the intense symptoms of allergies so much that they can’t get through the day. Some people could very well be living with allergies and not even know it. They could simply be pushing through their symptoms but have no idea that what they are feeling isn’t normal. It’s important to recognize allergy symptoms and when to turn to a specialist for treatment.
Signs and Symptoms of Allergies
Do you have allergies? You might if you are experiencing,
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Watery, itchy, or red eyes
• Nasal congestion
• Hives or rash
• Shortness of breath
Your symptoms may be seasonal, or they may be year-round. It’s important to note your symptoms and when they appear so that we can better determine what might be triggering your allergy symptoms.
When to See a Doctor
You may be currently rotating out your OTC antihistamines and decongestants right now, but if you find yourself constantly turning to commercial allergy products then it might be a sign that it’s time to see a qualified professional. If your allergy symptoms impact your work, your daily routine, or sleep, these are also signs that your allergies aren’t properly controlled and need better treatment.
If you’ve been taking these over-the-counter medications for a couple of weeks and still aren’t seeing results, then you should also see a qualified doctor. After all, these medications are only designed for short-term use, so if you find yourself constantly reaching for your allergy pills then it’s time to talk to us.
Treating Your Allergies
There are many ways that an integrative medicine modality handles allergies. For some, an elimination diet may be ideal for removing certain triggers such as wheat, dairy, or corn and incorporating a high-fiber, anti-inflammatory diet. By removing certain foods we can see which ones may be triggering your allergies.
Furthermore, boosting your gut can also go a long way to alleviating your allergies. Probiotics and other supplements such as fish oil and glutamine may help heal the gut, which can also alleviate allergy symptoms.
Sometimes chronic inflammation contributes to seasonal allergies. In this case, we will need to dig a bit deeper to find the root cause. It could be caused by high levels of stress, food allergies, a processed diet, hidden infections, or eating too many inflammatory fats. We focus on simple lifestyle choices that you can make to improve how your body protects itself against allergies, which is far more effective than that simple over-the-counter antihistamine, which only temporarily alleviates the symptoms.