Allergies affect millions of people in the US every year. Despite their prevalence, there are still a few common myths about allergies. Some of which may be impacting your choices when it comes to treating your allergy symptoms.
#1. You Can’t Get Allergies as an Adult
Unfortunately, this is not true. While the majority of allergies develop when a person is in childhood, adults can get allergies as well. It’s not at all uncommon for people to become allergic to something in their 20s or 30s, or sometimes even older. This can be an allergy to something you’ve encountered for the first time as an adult or something that never used to bother you that now causes symptoms.
#2. Avoiding Allergy Triggers is Your Only Option
Avoiding your triggers is the best way to prevent allergy symptoms. Especially if you have an allergy to a certain food or medication. However, there are some instances where it isn’t realistic or even possible to completely avoid your triggers.
If that’s the case, you have several options to reduce your symptoms.
- Over the counter or prescription antihistamines, decongestants and/or nasal sprays.
Immunotherapy is a method of building tolerance to an allergen by introducing it to the body in small doses over a period of time. It is usually given as injections but can also be taken orally via drops or tablets.
Immunotherapy has shown to be effective in treating grass and pollen allergies, allergy-related asthma symptoms, and allergies to insect stings.
#3 Allergies Are No Big Deal
Many people assume allergies are nothing more than a minor inconvenience. While that may be true for some, others have their quality of life seriously impacted by chronic allergy symptoms.
Feeling unwell for days or months on end can take a toll on your mental health. Allergies can also interfere with your ability to get a good night’s sleep, leaving you constantly fatigued.
Lastly, while many people’s allergy symptoms are mild to moderate, others have severe allergic reactions. Being exposed to triggers can cause asthma, swelling of the mouth, lips and throat, and even life-threatening anaphylaxis.
If you are suffering from chronic allergies and would like to speak with an expert or schedule an appointment, call ENT of Georgia North today.