Is It Time to Make an Appointment for Seasonal Allergy Relief?

Inspired by Dawn shares tips on when to seek a doctor's help with seasonal allergy relief

Despite crazy recent weather you still have faith that Spring will indeed come one of these days. And with Spring comes seasonal allergies for many of us. You've always taken a self-help approach to managing them - not going out in the morning, showering after coming in, keeping windows closed, and maybe even some over the counter medication. But what happens when even these changes don't quite give you the relief you need? 

Is it time to see a doctor for your seasonal allergies? The ACAAI (American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology) suggests it might be time to make an appointment if:

  • Your allergies are causing symptoms such as chronic sinus infections, nasal congestion or difficulty breathing.
  • You experience hay fever or other allergy symptoms several months out of the year.
  • Antihistamines and over-the-counter medications do not control your allergy symptoms or create unacceptable side effects, such as drowsiness.
  • Your asthma or allergies are interfering with your ability to carry on day-to-day activities.
  • Your asthma or allergies decrease the quality of your life
  • You are experiencing warning signs of serious asthma such as:
  • You sometimes have to struggle to catch your breath.
  • You often wheeze or cough, especially at night or after exercise.
  • You are frequently short of breath or feel tightness in your chest.
  • You have previously been diagnosed with asthma, and you have frequent asthma attacks even though you are taking asthma medication.

Depending on your number of yeses to the questions above, you might want to consider making an appointment with an allergist. Perhaps seasonal allergy relief could be within reach?

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