Relieving some of your worst allergy symptoms

March 09, 2017
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If you feel as if your allergy symptoms are becoming worse and lasting longer, you are probably right. Roughly 80 percent of allergy sufferers experience some degree of symptoms all year long. If you count yourself among the 50 million Americans who suffer from nasal allergies, the following tips may help you relieve some of the worst of your symptoms.

Allergic Shiners:

Dark circles and bags under the eyes are a common indication of severe nasal allergies. “Allergic shiners” occur when the histamine produced in response to an allergen causes the tiny blood vessels around the eyes and nose to leak, which makes the eyes appear bruised. Placing cold compresses or ice packs over your eyes several times a day for 10 to 15 minutes at a time can help reduce the swelling. Taking a daily antihistamine when your symptoms are at their worst can help prevent the circles and bags from recurring.

The Allergic Crease:

A light crease across the bottom half of the nose is a common sign of long-standing allergies. It occurs when you repeatedly rub your nose with palm to get rid of the persistent itching. Although you cannot get rid of the crease, you can keep it from getting worse by using over-the-counter or prescription allergy medications to control your symptoms and by remembering to blow your nose instead of wiping.

Congestion Headache:

When your nasal passages become inflamed, mucus and air can become trapped in the sinuses and cause a migraine-like headache. If your headache is accompanied by postnasal drip or blocked ears, it is most likely caused by allergy congestion. An allergy medication with both an antihistamine and decongestant can help constrict the blood vessels and help relieve the pressure.

Itchy Skin:

The same allergy exposure that causes you to sneeze can also irritate nerve ending in your skin and cause you to itch all over. A lukewarm shower along with a lotion designed specifically for itchy skin can help alleviate the irritation. In extreme cases, the doctor may prescribe a topical steroid cream.

Food Tastes Bland:

Our ability to taste food is closely linked to our sense of smell. If your allergies cause your nasal passages to become congested, even the spiciest dish may taste like sawdust. You can try using saline sprays to clear the sinuses and relieve the inflammation.

If your allergy symptoms persist after trying these simple remedies, be sure to contact Dr. Thomas Chacko for an evaluation.

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Dr. Chacko and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN. See the video here.