Would you like to reduce your unpleasant allergy symptoms? The Spartanburg and Greer, SC, allergy doctors at Spartanburg & Greer ENT share a few tips that will help you keep itchy eyes, sneezing and other symptoms under control.
Determine the cause of your allergy
Your allergy symptoms occur because your body overreacts to the presence of harmless substances that it mistakenly decides are dangerous. Common allergens include foods, dust, insect stings, mold, dust mites, pollen, grasses, and animal dander. It's difficult to avoid allergens if you don't know which ones cause your symptoms. An allergy test, conducted in our Spartanburg or Greer office, offers a simple way to identify all of your allergens.
Reduce your exposure to allergens
Once you know your allergy triggers, these steps will help reduce your allergen exposure:
- Use a HEPA filter or air conditioner. High energy particulate air filters and air conditioners remove allergens from the air, reducing allergy flare-ups.
- Take steps to reduce mold. Use fans to reduce mold in bathrooms and fix roof or basement leaks promptly. If you have mold in your home, don't clean it up yourself.
- Buy pillow covers and mattress pads. Zippered allergy-proof pillow covers and mattress pads reduce your exposure to dust mites.
- Consult the allergy forecast. Most weather websites provide information on current levels of the most common allergens, including mold, grass and pollen. If you notice that the level of one of your allergens is particularly high, you may want to limit the amount of time you spend outdoors.
Visit an allergy doctor
Otolaryngologists, also known as allergy doctors, can help you manage your symptoms. Depending on the type and severity of your allergy, you may benefit from over-the-counter or prescription decongestants or antihistamines, oral or injectable immunotherapy, nasal sprays, or eye drops.
Find relief for your symptoms with a visit to the allergy doctor. Schedule an appointment with the otolaryngologists at Spartanburg & Greer ENT by calling (864) 582-2900 for the Spartanburg, SC, office or (864) 699-6970 for the Greer office.