Patients come to us when their allergy symptoms begin to interfere with their day-to-day life. Allergy symptoms can cause you to miss work or your child to miss school, but our doctors are here to help.
Dr. Jeff Leipzig, a board-certified allergist in the Cincinnati Metro area, talks about allergy symptoms and the importance of identifying and treating allergies. He sees patients everyday who have tried using over-the-counter medications to find relief, but they aren’t always enough to get their allergy symptoms under control.
Common Allergy Symptoms:
The most common allergic symptoms are nasal congestion; runny nose and sneezing; itchy, watery, red eyes; ear congestion; a cough, wheezing, chest tightness; and eczema.
Runny, Stuffy, and/or Itchy Nose
Watery, Itchy Eyes
Cough or Sneezing
Wheezing, Shortness of Breath
Other Allergy Symptoms:
Symptoms that may not be recognized as allergy-related include:
- Sore Throat
- Loss of Taste or Smell
- Low Productivity/Poor Concentration
- Sleep Disturbances
Cause of Allergies
No one knows for sure why certain people are allergic to certain things while others are not. We do know that allergies tend to run in families. If you have allergies, likely, at least one of your parents does too.
Allergy symptoms are caused by your immune system’s response to a harmless substance, mistaking it for a dangerous one. This reaction causes your body to produce an antibody called “immunoglobulin E” that releases histamine causing your sneezing, itchy watery eyes, and other allergy symptoms.
The occurrence of allergy symptoms depends on what the patient is allergic to; seasonal allergies occur with the pollen season. Whereas, allergies to dust, mold, and pets can occur year-round.
Similarities between cold symptoms and allergy symptoms:
The common symptoms of a cold, flu, and allergies are a stuffy or a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat, a cough, a headache, or even fatigue. Two main differing symptoms are a fever or aches/pain; these would not be caused by allergies but could be due to a cold or the flu. Symptoms of the flu are often more severe than a cold.
While the symptoms are similar, the origin of the condition is different. A cold and the flu are both caused by different viruses, whereas allergies are caused by your immune system reacting to a trigger. Common inhalant allergy triggers are pollen, dust, mold, pet dander.
Find Relief From Your Allergy Symptoms
A board-certified allergist undergoes two additional years of training to diagnose and treat patients who have asthma, allergies, and immunologic diseases. If your allergies are causing you to have repeated sinus infections, symptoms that last for months or are interfering with your quality of life, it may be time to see an allergist.
We will start with an allergy test to identify your allergy triggers, and then our doctors will develop a personalized treatment plan to help you find relief.
Don’t suffer from untreated allergies. Schedule an appointment today with one of our board-certified allergists, and move towards a clearer tomorrow.