Posts for category: Allergies
Does it seem as if your cold never goes away completely? You may actually have allergies rather than a virus. Dr. David Sycamore, your Katy, TX ear, nose and throat doctor at Parkway ENT and Allergy, shares a few signs that may indicate that you have undiagnosed allergies.
Chronic cold symptoms
When you first develop allergies, you may think that you've caught an upper respiratory virus. Your nose runs, you sneeze and you feel congested. When you take a look in the mirror, your eyes are red and swollen. If your symptoms improve after two weeks, a cold probably was to blame, but if you continue to feel awful, you just might have allergies. Unfortunately, allergy symptoms continue as long as you're exposed to the allergen. It's a good idea to visit your ear, nose and throat doctor for allergy testing if your spring cold has now turned into a summer cold.
You might have allergies if dark circles suddenly appear under your eyes, even though you're getting plenty of sleep. The darkening occurs when the small blood vessels in your under eye area fill with blood due to nasal congestion. Because the skin under the eyes is so thin, swelling in these vessels is particularly noticeable.
Do you have a horizontal line on the bridge of your nose? Many allergy suffers notice that the line appears if they constantly push their noses upward in a attempt to breathe easier.
When your nose is constantly congested, it's only natural to begin breathing through your mouth instead. The habit is particularly problematic in children because it can narrow the upper arch of the mouth, leading to crowding when the teeth come in. The effects of mouth breathing can also displace teeth and permanently shorten your child's upper lip.
It's important to seek treatment from a Katy ear, nose and throat doctor if you find it increasingly difficult to breathe through your nose due to chronic congestion, or if you notice that your child only breathes through their mouth. Often, treatment is as easy as relieving allergy symptoms.
Are you concerned that you may have allergies? Call Dr. Sycamore, your Katy, TX ear, nose and throat doctor at Parkway ENT and Allergy, at (281) 712-7241 to schedule an appointment. Relieve your symptoms with allergy treatment!
How Can I Prevent a Sinus Infection? Things you can do to prevent sinus problems.
Chances are at some point in your life, you’ve had a sinus infection. You are familiar with the headaches, pain and pressure caused by a sinus problem. There are professionals who can help like Dr. David Sycamore, your allergy specialist at Parkway ENT and Allergy in Katy, Texas.
Inflammation and infection of your sinuses can be bacterial, fungal, viral or from allergy issues. There are a few things you can do to prevent sinus infections, including:
- Using a humidifier- to keep the air in your house moist, because dry air irritates your sinuses, causes congestion and increased mucus production and can result in a sinus infection.
- Using an over-the-counter irrigation kit- to irrigate your sinuses which keep your nose clean and free of mucous, so bacteria won’t multiply and cause a sinus infection.
- Washing your hands frequently and keeping your hands away from your face, eyes, nose and mouth- to prevent the spread of bacteria and germs in your body.
If you smoke, you should try to stop because smoking irritates your sinuses and increases mucus, which provides a perfect place for bacteria to thrive. You should also try to avoid alcoholic beverages because alcohol swells and irritates your sinuses, which can result in an infection.
A great way to avoid infections, in general, is to keep your immune system working at its peak by taking vitamins. Make sure you have adequate amounts of vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables. Get your exercise, and try to lower your stress. If your immune system is working, it can fight off potential viruses that can give you a sinus infection.
Sometimes no matter how much you try to prevent a sinus infection, you get one anyway. If you get a stubborn sinus infection that doesn’t go away and doesn’t respond to home therapies, it might be time to seek out Dr. David Sycamore, at Parkway ENT and Allergy in Katy, Texas. Call him today and feel better!
Find out the telltale signs that it’s time to get professional help for your allergy symptoms.
The bad news is that about 20 percent of people will develop allergies during their lifetime. But the good news is that your Katy ENT doctor Dr. David Sycamore knows exactly how to treat your symptoms and get you back to enjoying life without those red itchy eyes and frequent sneezing.
What are the most common allergies?
Your symptoms could be due to any one of these common types of allergens:
Pollen: Pollen is produced by trees, flowers and grass, and can cause some pretty unpleasant seasonal allergies. While not dangerous, symptoms of a runny nose, watery, itchy eyes and sneezing can be annoying for anyone.
Animal dander: Secreted by your pet’s skin and saliva, this allergen may take years to develop and the symptoms are similar to pollen allergies. By using a HEPA filter, cleaning surfaces regularly and keeping some rooms like your bedroom off limits to your pet you can keep animal dander symptoms down.
Dust mites: These microscopic bugs that live in our houses can cause nasty allergies for some. That’s why it’s important to keep surfaces dust-free and to wash bedding in hot water every week.
Mold: Just like dust mites, mold can be microscopic. Mold is often found in moist, warm and damp areas like basements or the bathroom. If you suffer from mold allergies it’s important to make sure that your bathroom and basement have good ventilation. Also be aware that raking leaves or cutting grass can also kick up these allergies so be sure to wear a mask and protective clothing.
Food: Many people with food allergies find that they have sensitivities to things such as dairy, shellfish or nuts. People can develop allergies for just about anything but these tend to be the most common food allergies. If you experience nausea, vomiting and other gastrointestinal issues right after eating then you may be dealing with a food allergy.
When to See Your Katy, TX Allergist?
For many allergy or asthma sufferers the symptoms usually show up over time rather than suddenly. While some patients may only experience minimal problems such as nasal congestion or sneezing, for others their symptoms can be more severe. It may be time to come into our Katy ENT office if you are dealing with any of these issues:
- Your allergies are causing chronic sinus infections or trouble breathing
- You deal with allergy symptoms for several months a year
- Over-the-counter allergy medications aren’t treating the symptoms
- Allergy symptoms are affecting your life and daily activities
- You have trouble catching your breath due to asthma
- You frequently experience tightness in your breath or shortness of breath
- You’ve been diagnosed with asthma and are experiencing frequent attacks
If allergy symptoms have got you down, then it’s time you turned to Parkway ENT and Allergy to alleviate your allergies. Call our office today.