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Allergy Care at WMCHealth Physicians | Advanced ENT Services

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s annual Allergy Capitals™ report, the region from Albany to New York City consistently ranks among the 100 Most Challenging Places to Live with Spring Allergies in the United States. Of course, summer and fall in the Hudson Valley region can be particularly difficult for many people who suffer from allergies. The good news is, help is available at each of the 10 locations of WMCHealth Physicians: Advanced ENT Services.

What Are Allergies?

Allergies are an abnormal immune system response to substances that are typically harmless. Common allergens include pet dander, mold, and pollen. When a person comes into contact with these substances, the body releases antibodies and chemicals, such as histamine, which produces many of the common symptoms of allergies. More than one in five people suffer from allergies, whether mild, moderate, or severe.

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What Causes Allergies?

The precise cause of allergies depends on what allergens trigger the individual. In many cases, allergies are hereditary, which means they are passed down from parents to children. However, the specific allergen that affects the parent may be different from the allergens that affect the child. Having asthma may also increase a person’s likelihood to suffer from allergies.

Many types of allergies, such as allergic rhinitis (or hay fever), are caused by seasonal changes. Seasonal allergies in the Hudson Valley may occur most frequently between April and October due to the local pollens produced.

Common Allergy Symptoms

Because allergen exposure often involves the respiratory system, symptoms typically present in the eyes, nose, and lungs. Common allergy symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches

In the event of an anaphylactic reaction, some severe and life-threatening symptoms may present, including abdominal pain, cramps, dizziness, swelling, and vomiting. These symptoms are sometimes triggered among individuals allergic to bee stings, peanuts, and certain other allergens.

How Do I Prevent Allergy Symptoms?

The best way to prevent allergy symptoms is to identify your allergens and avoid exposure to them. When symptoms do arise, antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays may be helpful for managing the body’s response. Talk to a physician at WMCHealth Physicians: Advanced ENT Services about strategies and management therapies for your allergy symptoms. Unfortunately, allergies will not go away with increased exposure to the allergen.

How Long Do Allergy Symptoms Last?

Because your body is unable to conquer allergy symptoms like it might a virus, symptoms can last for as long as the exposure continues. In the case of pollen allergies, you may have symptoms for as long as the triggering pollen is in the air. Other types of allergens, such as dust mites, may continually cause symptoms until their quantities are eliminated or significantly reduced through cleaning and the use of better air filters.

Will My Allergies Get Worse With Age?

Allergies and age do not necessarily have a correlation. Some children outgrow their allergies; some adults develop new allergic reactions. For aging adults, a slightly weaker immune system can actually improve allergy symptoms because the body cannot build as strong a reaction to the allergen.

How Do You Treat Allergies?

There is no known cure for allergic reactions. However, there may be treatment options available to you that can significantly improve your ability to cope with the symptoms. Talk to your physician at Advanced ENT Services to learn more about over-the-counter and prescription medications, such as antihistamines, which prevent the reaction caused by the body’s release of histamine.

While allergies may not go away completely, your ear, nose and throat doctor at Advanced ENT Services may be able to help identify the triggering allergens and provide a customized therapy that allows for a higher quality of life.

What Can I Do to Manage My Allergy Symptoms Naturally?

The best medicine is avoidance. For instance, if it’s a windy spring day and you’re allergic to tree pollen, close the windows and turn on an air conditioner with a good filter. Of course, avoiding allergens is not always realistic. Other natural therapies may include:

  • Irrigating the nasal passages with a saline solution and a Neti pot.
  • Upgrading car and home air filters to HEPA filters, which are more efficient at trapping dust, pollen, and pet dander.

Schedule a Consultation With an ENT Physician Near You

For more information about allergies and what you can do to prevent the symptoms associated with your allergies, please call 914.693.7636. You may schedule a consultation at one of our 11 Advanced ENT Services locations in New York. Please fill out this brief form to request an appointment.

A representative from WMCHealth Physicians Advanced ENT Services will call you at the phone number you include on this form. We accept most insurances including Medicare and Medicaid; please be sure to ask the practice representative who calls you if we accept your insurance plan. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.