If you’re battling with allergies, you understand how frustrating they are to deal it. Allergies are more than just a minor nuisance. They can seriously impact the quality of your life. Time spent with family, time spent at work, time needed to rest, and recreation can all be negatively impacted by allergies. What’s worse is that recurrent allergies can lead to more serious conditions, such as bronchitis, ear infections, and asthma. If you are battling with allergies, you may benefit from immunotherapy services at Dr. Rogers Centers.
Is It the Flu, a Cold, or Allergies?
Because there are similar symptoms associated with the common cold, the flu, and allergies, it’s easy for people to mistake one for the other. For example, with all three, you might have a runny nose, you might have congestion, and you might have sneezing. However, there are symptoms that help you differentiate a cold, a flu, and allergies. These differences have a lot to do with when the symptoms present themselves, as well as the treatment that works.
When you have the flu or when you have allergies, your symptoms may begin acute, or occur abruptly. With the flu, you may be fine one moment and then you have a fever, your body hurts, your head hurts, and you’re tired the next moment. An allergic reaction happens as soon as you come into contact with a given allergen, such as mountain cedar or ragweed. Conversely, a cold develops over time. You might develop one symptom, such as sneezing, and then the next day you have a runny nose, followed by congestion.
An easy way to know if you are dealing with allergies or not is to leave the environment where your symptoms began. If your symptoms go away, it’s likely you’re dealing with allergies. However, if your symptoms continue or get worse, you might have a flu or a cold.
You can find short-term relief from your allergies by taking some form of antihistamine. However, once the medications wear off, your symptoms will send you running back to the medicine cabinet for more. If you’re looking for long-term relief, one of your best options is receiving immunotherapy.
The common cold cannot be treated. In most cases it is going to clear up on its own. The best you can do is to address the symptoms. The same thing is true with the flu.
Benefiting from Immunotherapy
Your allergy symptoms will continue as long as you exposed to the things you are allergic to. And while we may all seem to suffer from “pollen”, did you know that different pollens pollinate, making symptoms last different lengths of time. If your allergies are triggered by ragweed pollen, for example, this could mean six weeks of suffering or more! Compare this to a cold and flu that only have symptoms that last for around two weeks.
Allergen immunotherapy, also referred to by some as allergy shots, have been used by physicians for more than a century. They have FDA approval and can decrease your sensitivity to the substances that you are allergic to. These work by exposing you to microscopic amounts of what you are allergic to for a recommended three year period. With time, your body will develop its own immunity against the allergen. Soon, things that would have sent you away sneezing and scratching your eyes will not have the same effect.