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By Dr. Richard Palesano, MD
February 26, 2018
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Allergies  

Are you suffering from allergies? Well, you're not alone. One in every six people in the United States suffers from allergies, just ask your allergiesMobile and Daphne, AL, doctor.

What are Allergies?

Allergies are triggered in a variety of ways. When your immune system reacts to a certain substance, usually something that's not harmful like peanuts, people suffer from a variety of symptoms, such as:

  • Sneezing
  • A runny nose
  • Nasal stuffiness and itchy
  • Watery eyes
  • Chronic sinus problems
  • Postnasal drip
  • Head congestion
  • Frequent colds
  • Recurring ear infections
  • Hearing loss
  • Dizziness
  • Chronic cough
  • Asthma
  • Skin rashes
  • Chronic headaches and fatigue

How is your immune system triggered?

Your immune system is triggered by allergens through the air, by touch, or by ingestion, and can appear at any age. Here are a few examples of allergens you may find yourself in contact with:

  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Mold spores
  • Pet dander
  • Food
  • Insect stings
  • Medicines

If you don't know what you're allergic to, contact your Daphne doctor to make an appointment for an examination. The various tests will help your doctor diagnose your symptoms to successfully control and alleviate your allergy symptoms.

How do allergies affect your ears, nose and throat?

  • Ears: Allergies can inflame and swell around the ear canal. This may prevent proper drainage of the middle ear so bacterial discharge clogs the tube and leads to infection.
  • Nose: Allergens that are breathed in may cause bacterial sinus infection and lead to stuffy and itchy noses, as well as mucus production, coughing, or wheezing.
  • Throat: People may suffer from post-nasal drip, excessive mucus production. If you use air conditioning and winter heating, this may aggravate several conditions, such as coughing, sore throats, a husky voice, and thick and dry mucus.

Have questions about treatments for allergies from Dr. Richard Palesano? Call our Daphne, AL, office at (251) 410-9000, or our Mobile, AL, office at (251) 470-8832 for more information.

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