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Posts for: February, 2016

By South Florida ENT Associates
February 25, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: allergies  

Do I suffer from seasonal allergies?

Also known as hay fever and allergic rhinitis, the symptoms of seasonal allergies can range in severity from mild sniffles and sneezing, allergiesto what can feel like a bad case of the flu or upper respiratory infection. Caused by an allergic reaction to pollen, allergies are very common and affect millions of people each year.

Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Allergies can affect everyone differently. While some people may only experience watery eyes and occasional sneezing, others may suffer from a combination of symptoms that can interfere with work and leisure activities. This may require treatment with medication and antihistamines. The otolaryngologists at South Florida ENT Associates, in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL, treat children and adults for the discomfort that some allergy symptoms can cause each year.

Some of the most common seasonal allergy symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, watery, red, puffy eyes
  • Ear aches
  • Nasal congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Phlegm
  • Sore/irritated throat
  • Loss of smell
  • "Itchy palette"

Seasonal Allergy Treatment in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines , FL

Depending on the symptoms and how long they last, treatment options range from standard over the counter antihistamines and decongestants to stronger prescription medications. There is no cure for seasonal allergies, and treatment options are designed to address the symptoms.

In more severe cases, where symptoms do not resolve on their own or respond to over the counter treatments, the otolaryngologists at South Florida ENT Associates also offer corticosteroid prescriptions and immunotherapy for allergies (allergy shots) for patients with more intense symptoms that can last for months at a time each year.

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialists in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines , FL

If you are suffering from seasonal allergies or any other ear, nose and throat condition such as asthma or an ear infection, contact South Florida ENT Associates at (954) 966-7000 to schedule an appointment today.