The Consequences of Untreated Allergies

Untreated Allergies

Maybe you’ve been suffering from seasonal allergies for years. Maybe they only developed when you reached adulthood. You’ve probably learned ways to cope with them–like avoiding the outdoors during spring and taking tons of over-the-counter medications.

But maybe you’ve noticed your symptoms getting worse. Going outside is almost unbearable.  Should you see an allergist? Or you should you just wait for spring to pass and for pollen counts to go down?

You might be surprised to learn that leaving your allergies untreated could have consequences.

Here’s a few you should know about.

Long-Term Sinus Irritation

Two of the biggest symptoms of allergies are a runny nose and sinus congestion. Over time, you may notice your sinuses feel inflamed or especially irritated.

If you continually leave your allergies untreated, you may notice your sinuses becoming a constant problem. Restricted breathing passages, burning nostrils and sinus pressure are just a few of the symptoms of sinus congestion and irritation.

Sinus irritation and congestion can cause you to lose sleep, experience day-long discomfort and can even affect the way you sound when you talk. No one likes sinus discomfort–it disrupts every part of your day.

Asthma Attacks

If you’ve had allergies for a while, you’ve probably heard that allergies and asthma go together.

Unfortunately, untreated allergies can actually cause asthma attacks.

Allergy-induced asthma is the most common type of asthma in the United States. The symptoms can range from chest tightness and shortness of breath to wheezing, coughing and chest pain.

Some asthma attacks are so severe they require a visit to the emergency room or an urgent care clinic.

Chronic Fatigue

When your body is constantly fighting the symptoms of allergies, you’re drained of energy. The itchy eyes, runny nose and congested sinuses that allergies bring can also cause disrupted sleep, contributing to that exhaustion.

If you don’t treat your allergies, you may find yourself chronically tired and lethargic. This can impact your professional performance. It can also affect your ability to exercise be active with your family.

Don’t suffer through allergies this spring. Untreated allergies can have long-term effects on how you feel, how you sleep and how much energy you have. Allergy & Asthma Center has certified allergists on hand to help develop a care plan for your symptoms. Contact us today to learn how we can help you this spring!

You Might Be Making Your Spring Allergies Worse. Here’s How.

Allergies

Spring is right around the corner. For some of us, that means warmer days, blooming flowers…and terrible, nagging allergies.

If you suffer from allergies, you know what we’re talking about. You’re probably always on the lookout for new ways to fight your symptoms and reduce your suffering.

But do you also research things that can make your allergies worse?

Many allergy sufferers are unknowingly making their symptoms more intense.

Check out our list of surprising ways you might be making your spring allergies kick into high gear.

Eating the Wrong Produce

Do you have oral allergy syndrome? If you have a pollen allergy, chances are good that you also have OAS. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology estimates that up to a two-thirds of individuals allergic to birch tree pollen may also be affected by oral allergy syndrome. 

Oral Allergy Syndrome can be irritated by certain fruits and vegetables, whose skins contain proteins similar to those found in pollen. Oral Allergy Syndrome sufferers may find when they eat produce, like apples or celery, their throats become itchy or scratchy. They may also find that their lips itch or swell. 

Not sure if you have OAS? Consult your allergy treatment specialist today. After diagnosis, you can explore ways to still enjoy your favorite produce without an allergic reaction.

Using the Wrong Air Filter

How long has it been since you changed the air filters in your home? Did you pay attention to the type of filter you were using?

If you have spring allergies that just won’t quit, it might be time to look at the air filter you’re using with your HVAC system. A standard, economy-grade air filter won’t catch the allergens that irritate your allergies the most.

An allergy-specific air filter, while more expensive, may help cut down on the amount of allergies circulating through your house during spring. 

Letting Pets Sleep in Your Bed

We all love our pets. After all, they’re family.

But when it comes to allergies, having a pet in your bed can make things worse. Even if you don’t have a pet dander allergy, the extra fur and dust a dog or cat can spread around in your bed can irritate your already-irritated sinuses.

Your bedroom is the place to go to recover from being inundated with allergens all day long. A good night’s sleep is vital to fighting allergic reactions and feeling better. If your pet keeps you awake or disturbs your sleep, allergy season may be the time to have he or she sleep on the floor or in a crate.

Only Showering in the Morning

A crisp, refreshing shower is how many of us choose to start our day.

However, for allergy sufferers, morning-only showers may be contributing to worse allergies during the springtime. When you come home at the end of the day, your clothes and skin are carrying allergens you’ve collected while you were out in the world.

If you don’t shower, you’re leaving those allergens on your skin and spreading them around your house, as well.

Showering before you go to bed can help eliminate the allergens on your body, allowing you to sleep peacefully. It will also prevent the allergens from being spread to your bed.

Need advice on controlling and treating your allergies this year?

Allergy and Asthma Center in San Jose can help you develop a care plan that works for you.

Contact us today to learn more.

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