Treat your allergies now so your future self doesn’t suffer
Here you are again. Another allergyseason with a stuffy nose and a sinus headache. You told yourself last year youweren’t going to put yourself through this again, yet here you are sufferingfrom the same allergies that come back year after year.
It’s no secret that for many ofus out there, we won’t address a problem until it becomes a BIG problem. Ourservice engine light could be on for months and we won’t get our car taken tothe shop until it dies on the side of the road. Not addressing our allergieswhen we know allergy season is coming is a lot like not paying attention to thatlight.
Allergies generally becomeprogressively worse over time with repeated exposure, and I oftentimes see somany patients that won’t come in for allergy testing until it has become debilitating.
When they do finally come in tosee me, it’s like having the smoking car from the side of the road towed to amechanic. A couple months ago, it was a simpler option to address, but now it’smore complicated and requires more steps. Each recurrent sinus infection youget can cause potential injury to the sinuses resulting in chronic facial pain,congestion, sinus drainage, and headaches. For these patients, we oftenrecommend a sinus evaluation in addition to allergy testing to determine ifminimally invasive procedures like the balloon sinuplasty could provide reliefalong with the allergy treatments.
Allergy testing requires you to not take antihistaminesfor 5 days prior
Let’s address the first thingthat’s going to make you groan when you try to schedule an allergy test as soonas possible. For an allergy test to be accurate, you’re going to need be offany antihistamines for 5 days before your test. This is the standard for allallergy tests, so you’re not going to be able to find someone that will takeyou in the next day if you’re suffering.
Antihistamines suppress ourbody’s allergic symptoms and allergy tests rely on us finding which allergensare causing these symptoms through histamine production. If antihistamines arepresent, our test will not be able to determine what you are allergic to. Soimagine being in a terrible state of allergies already and then having to go 5days without any sort of help from your Benadryl – it’s not fun.
Immunotherapy takes time
The fact is that immunotherapysimply takes time for its effects to kick in. Most people will usually seesigns of relief within the 3-9 month range, so if oak is kicking your buttright now it’s going to keep doing that until the pollen is out of the air.This is the number 1 reason we recommend people to come in BEFORE you startfeeling awful. It gives a head start on the process and will build a toleranceto the allergen before the season begins. That being said, if cedar is yourworst allergy like it is for so many people, right now is the perfect time tovisit us. You’ll get around 6-7 months of immunotherapy treatment before cedareven thinks to start blooming, and your body will notice a difference.
Day to day life will be so much easier
You don’t know how many peoplecome in telling us how their allergies are affecting their day to day life.From kids to adults, we all have things that are just so much easier to do whenwe’re breathing easy. We’ve had a good number of kids who came in to visit usbecause their parents were concerned about their work in school. When a kid ismissing classes or having a hard time not focusing on how he or she can’tbreathe, it can be hard for them to perform.
If you wait to address thisproblem, you’re just letting the allergies get worse and increasing the chancesof them affecting your life.
You’ll finally understand what you’re allergic to
The great part about allergytesting is that it tells us exactly what your allergic to and how much itaffects you. You may choose not to go through with immunotherapy, but theinformation you receive about your allergies is still extremely valuable. Youcould have mild allergies but have one major one that is causing the bulk ofyour issues.
If you always sleep with afeather pillow and then learn you’re allergic to feather, that could be asignificant step in reducing your allergies. Knowing allergies and the seasonsthat affect you will give you a huge advantage in controlling your health andsymptoms.
If there’s a lesson to learn tothis blog it’s that you shouldn’t put off things that you know you can fix. Youdon’t want to be the person stuck in bed with terrible allergies as much as youdon’t want to be the person kicking your smoking car on the side of the road.