Do you suffer with chronic allergies? Watery and itchy eyes, sneezing, pressure, headaches, the list goes on and on. But when is it time to make an appointment with an Ears, Nose & Throat Doctor?

Common questions about allergies and when to see a doctor

Can my allergies cause a fever?

Allergies by themselves don’t cause a fever. Though indirectly allergies can lead to a fever, if you sinus become infected due to the drainage and swelling in your nose and your sinuses become blocked. You should definitely see a doctor if this happens.

“Allergies are one of the most common chronic diseases. A chronic disease lasts a long time or occurs often. An allergy occurs when the body’s immune system sees a substance as harmful and overreacts to it. The substances that cause allergic reactions are allergens. When someone has allergies, their immune system makes an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies respond to allergens. The symptoms that result are an allergic reaction,” according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Can I get shortness of breath from allergies?

Yes, allergy induced asthma is when allergies cause a shortness of breath. While your eyes can itch and swell, while your nose produces extra mucus, your lungs react differently, by tightening up and making it difficult to get enough oxygen.

Symptoms can include wheezing, shortness of breath, and a persistent dry cough. If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor.

Can allergies cause a headache?

While headaches typically accompany allergies, they don’t directly cause a headache. If your nasal cavities are blocked and swollen, it can cause the pressure in your sinuses. This pressure difference between the air in your sinuses and the air around you can cause a headache, pain behind your eyes, nose cheeks or forehead.

Allergy medications

Oral decongestants can treat sinus pressure and stuffy nose from allergies, but are not for long term use. If used for more than a couple of days, decongestants can make symptoms worse, rebound congestion. They can also interfere with blood pressure medication.

If your allergies are chronic and not improving, even after over the counter medication, it is time to get some relief. Reach out to Orlando Ears, Nose & Throat, and we will help you get your life back on track.

 


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