If you have experienced allergies before, you might have taken an over-the-counter medication to treat your symptoms. Sometimes, taking an antihistamine can enable you to continue with your daily activities. In other cases, however, over-the-counter solutions may not be enough and you will need to see an allergy doctor. Here are a few signs that you need to see an allergy specialist.
- You notice reactions to certain foods.
If you notice reactions like hives or facial swelling when you eat certain foods, you may have food allergies. These can be among the most dangerous of allergies. Even if your allergic reactions are mild now, they may progress to more severe symptoms in the future.
Some of the most common food allergens include shellfish, nuts, tree nuts, wheat, and dairy. Your allergy specialist will be able to conduct an allergy test to pinpoint which foods you are allergic to. Then, they can help you formulate an allergy management plan and show you how to administer an epinephrine shot if you have a severe reaction.
- You experience more frequent allergic symptoms.
If you are experiencing more frequent symptoms and find yourself taking over-the-counter (OTC) medication more often, you need to see an allergy doctor. The allergist will be able to help you create an avoidance plan so you will not experience allergy symptoms so frequently.
In addition, a specialist can recommend prescription medications to provide lasting relief and prevent upcoming allergy attacks. An individualized allergy plan created by an allergy specialist can help you live life on a schedule and reduce the need for OTC treatments.
- You have trouble breathing.
If you have difficulty breathing or feel short of breath, you may be experiencing symptoms of an allergy. Allergic asthma, which is often caused by environmental allergens like mold, dust, pollen, and dander, is one of the most common allergies treated by allergy specialists.
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening reaction in which your airway narrows and makes it difficult to breathe. If you have experienced a reaction like this, it is important that you see an allergy doctor as soon as possible. They will be able to help you formulate a plan to manage your allergies and avoid dangerous allergens. If you have respiratory reactions, poor allergy management can be life-threatening.
Furthermore, if you have non-allergic asthma, you may find that allergies can worsen your asthma. An allergy specialist can help you manage your asthma and allergies so you can live life to the fullest.
If you have noticed any of these signs, it is time for you to see an allergy specialist. Allergists are familiar with treating a wide variety of allergies, from food allergies and stinging insect allergies to asthma and seasonal allergies. Your allergy doctor will help you create an allergy management plan so you can better manage your symptoms.
To learn more about how an allergist can help you and to schedule an appointment at our office, we invite you to contact us today at West River ENT & Allergy.