Managing Your Allergies

Allergic rhinitis, otherwise known as allergic rhinosinusitis, is characterized by excessive sneezing, rhinorrhea (nasal drainage), nasal obstruction, postnasal drip, itching/watering eyes and nasal congestion. Allergies can present seasonally or perennially. During the summer months, pollens from both grasses and weeds are at their peak.
Below are some ways you can help control your allergy symptoms this summer season and beyond:
  1. Nasal Saline Rinses: Also known as a Neti Pot. These are a fantastic way to irrigate your nasal cavity and sinuses to help remove unwanted mucous and allergens from the nose.
  2. Topical Nasal Steroids: Flonase (Fluticasone) is a commonly known topical nasal steroid spray that helps decrease nasal congestion, postnasal drip, and nasal obstruction. There are other types, both over the counter and prescription, that can improve your allergic symptoms as well. Please speak with your healthcare specialist to find out which would work best for you and your specific symptoms.
  3. Oral Antihistamines: These typically come in either 12 or 24 hour form and are taken once or twice daily to help combat allergy symptoms. Speak with your healthcare specialist to decide which antihistamine is best for you!
  4. Non-Medical Treatments: It is very important to be proactive this summer season when planning outdoor activities. You may benefit from wearing a mask if you know you will be outside for a long interval of time. To help combat allergies inside your home, we highly recommend air-purifiers, dust mite covers, and routine cleaning/dusting.
How do I find out if have seasonal vs perennial allergies? If you have symptoms of allergic rhinitis or your symptoms are not well controlled with the above treatments, we recommend formal evaluation by an ENT professional. You may benefit from formal skin allergy testing or lab work to further investigate. Part of your visit will include direct visualization of your nose and sinuses with a camera. After a thorough history and endoscopy exam, we can determine the cause of your symptoms and form a treatment plan specific to your needs.