What If Allergy Medications Aren't Enough?

04/30/2020


Spring is in the air. Blooming flowers, sunshine-filled walks around the block, and the typical combination of sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes. We all know the symptoms of seasonal allergies, right?

Is it an antibiotic you need, or a daily over-the-counter antihistamine?

What you may be surprised to learn is that there are many other ways that allergies can present themselves. The common list includes sneezing and itchiness of the eyes and nose, but this list goes on to include itching of the roof of the mouth and ears, a fullness or popping sensation in the ears, muffled hearing, nasal congestion, facial pressure, headaches, scratchy throat and a hoarse voice. As you can see, these symptoms can often time mimic a throat, ear or sinus infection. Is it an antibiotic you need, or a daily over-the-counter antihistamine?

How then, to determine a recurring sinus infection from allergies?

Maybe these symptoms sound familiar to you, but there seems to be no connection between your ear fullness or sinus pressure and the season. It couldn’t be allergies, could it? While most of us think of “allergies” as the pollen released from budding trees and grasses, some people react to allergens that are present year-round, both inside and outside (think dust, mold, cats and dogs). How then, to determine a recurring sinus infection from allergies?

Allergy Medications

Like many people, you may have already begun to try to answer these questions yourself. A great way to start is to pick up some allergy medication from your pharmacy. The combination of an oral antihistamine (Zyrtec, Claritin, etc), paired with a steroid nasal spray (flonase, Nasonex, etc) is an excellent over-the-counter regimen. You may have your answer in a few weeks as your symptoms lessen and eventually disappear.

What if that is not enough?

That’s where Coastal Ear,  Nose  & Throat comes into play. Our team of specialists in the ear, nose, throat and allergies can help determine a stubborn infection from allergies. With allergy testing and various scopes to evaluate the nose, sinuses, ears and throat we can narrow down the appropriate course of treatment to get you back to being you. We offer allergy treatment, not just medication to reduce the symptoms of the allergies, but therapy to change your body’s response to allergens. With this world of immunotherapy constantly evolving, our physicians are up to date on the latest and safest treatments.

To schedule an appointment with our Allergy Department, call 732-280-7855 and one of our front desk receptionists will assist you!