Ask Nurse Kate: Allergies or Cold
For many of us, spring and fall allergies are more common than the common cold. Day in and day out, we deal with sneezing, itchy eyes, runny noses and more.
Finding answers on WebMD won’t cut it, which means it’s time to officially take action.
We can’t diagnose each and every one of you ourselves. Our resident health expert, Nurse Kate, shares the five questions you should ask a doctor to help alleviate your spring and fall allergies.
What other conditions have the same symptoms as allergies? Can they be ruled out?
This is a great question to ask your doctor because symptoms of seasonal allergies often mimic cold symptoms. It can be challenging to distinguish between the two. The common cold usually lasts only a few weeks and often causes fevers. Allergies, on the other hand, do not cause fevers and typically last longer than common colds.
Is there a way to find out what specifically triggers my allergies so I can avoid them?
Asking your doctor how to best determine what is triggering your allergies will help you effectively manage your symptoms in the long run. Your doctor may recommend allergy testing to help you determine what your triggers are, and how best to avoid them. This is an extremely helpful question to ask, because after all, the easiest way to prevent allergy symptoms is to avoid whatever causes your allergies in the first place!
I’ve never had allergies my entire life. Why is this suddenly happening?
Being diagnosed with allergies as an adult can be quite surprising, but is not uncommon. While the reasons why are not well understood, sometimes our body’s “allergy switch” suddenly turns on after years of exposure. Research is always providing new answers and insights. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about the “why” behind your seasonal allergies. You never know what new information your doctor may have!
Is medicine necessarily the best way to alleviate my symptoms?
This is an important question to ask your doctor. While medicine does a great job at alleviating allergy symptoms, it’s not the only solution. Depending on what’s causing your allergies to flare, your doctor may recommend limiting exposure to your triggers. These can be through different prevention methods such as nasal rinses, vacuuming and dusting regularly. Maybe even keeping home windows closed during high pollen count days, or utilizing air purifiers or filters to keep your home air allergen free.
Do you recommend using air purifiers at home to alleviate my allergy symptoms?
Depending on what is causing your allergies, air purifiers can be a great way to combat your symptoms. By asking this question, your doctor can help you determine the type of allergy you are experiencing, and if comes from airborne particles. If so, your doctor may recommend an air purifier to help alleviate your symptoms.
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