Many people who have allergies do nothing more than treat them with over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medication. However, an allergy can become worse over time if it is not treated properly.
When your allergies are interfering with your life – making you avoid leaving your home, missing work, missing social events, etc. – then medical intervention by an allergist is in order. Let’s talk about some of the main reasons why people see an allergy doctor, and where you can go in Northeastern Illinois for outstanding professional allergy treatment.
Reason #1: You Have Asthma or Asthma-Like Symptoms
Allergy-induced asthma is often triggered by environmental allergens, like dust mites, pet dander, mold, air pollution, and smoke. Coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and sleep interruptions caused by a sudden stoppage in breathing (followed by wheezing) are all symptoms that warrant an evaluation and possible treatment by an allergist.
Reason #2: You Have Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever
Hay fever is also usually triggered by environmental allergens, especially pollen. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing.
Allergists are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating hay fever, whether it’s seasonal or perennial (occurring year-round). Your allergist will be able to determine whether your symptoms are due to allergies or whether they are actually caused by a germ, such as a virus.
Reason #3: You Have a Chronic Sinus Infection
The sinuses are located around the nose, the inner cheeks, and the lower forehead above the nose and inner eyebrow areas. Your sinuses provide mucus to keep your nasal passages moist, preventing them from drying out.
If you frequently feel pressure in these areas, your sinuses may be congested – which means the mucus is unable to drain, and this can lead to an infection. A sinus infection can be painful, can cause headaches, and usually warrants prescription medication to effectively treat. However, a sinus infection can be prevented if your allergies are addressed and your nasal passages are kept moist.
Reason #4: Your Skin Reacts
Hives (raised lumps) and eczema (red patches) on the skin are usually triggered by allergens. Hives can be a reaction to an insect, foods, or certain medicines. Eczema can be caused by skin exposure to a fragrance, certain synthetic fabrics, and harsh chemicals. Allergic skin reactions can be prevented, and an allergist will help determine what you are allergic to.
Reason #5: You Experience Symptoms After Consuming Certain Foods
It is particularly important for anyone with food allergies to understand their allergy. Symptoms of a food allergy range from asthma to skin reactions, and in severe cases, swelling of the lips, tongue, and throat.
Swelling in the throat is an anaphylactic reaction, which is potentially life-threatening. An allergist can diagnose or rule out food allergies, and prescribe for you an EpiPen if necessary. This is a potentially life-saving treatment, and it enables you to life a normal life despite a severe food allergy.
Allergist in Downers Grove, Naperville, Elmhurst, and Plainfield, IL
You don’t have to feel isolated due to miserable allergies. Our highly experienced allergy doctors at Oak Brook Allergists can quickly diagnose and treat your allergies. Our treatments are innovative, individualized, and help improve your quality of life.
Call us for an appointment today at (630) 574-0460 or fill out our convenient appointment request form. We look forward to helping you live better and breathe easier!