Allergies affect 1 out of every 5 Americans. The percentage of people with allergies has increased significantly over the past few decades and continues to rise.
Allergies can develop at any age. Your genes play a big part in determining if you will develop allergies – if your parents or sibling have allergies, there’s a 25% to 70% chance that you’ll get them too.
Nasal allergy symptoms include runny/itchy nose, red/itchy eyes, sneezing, postnasal drip, nasal swelling and congestion, itchy ear canals, itching of the mouth and throat, and dry cough. Nasal Allergies are responsible for 10.7 million workdays lost in the US per year and cause significant cognitive limitations.
Treatments for nasal allergies include rinsing the allergens out of your nose with a saline spray, sinus rinse, or a neti pot. Antihistamines like Allegra, Zyrtec, and Claritin can help with symptoms.
If these treatments fail, Dr. Ganc can tailor a treatment plan for you, including medications, allergy testing, and possibly allergy shots or drops, which change your body’s overreactive response to allergens.
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