Posts for tag: Allergies

By Northwest ENT & Allergy Care
February 17, 2015
Category: ENT
Tags: Allergies  

Spring time can be an absolute nightmare for people who have allergies. Pollen counts and allergens run rampant when the trees are in bloom and the weather starts to warm up. But did you know that winter can be just as difficult to get through if you have allergies?

Indoor allergens such as dust mites and mold can be stored up in your vents all spring and summer just to be shot into the air when you finally turn on the furnace, and they get stirred up every time it kicks on thereafter. They can get into your nose and trigger an Allergiesallergic reaction.

Common Symptoms

In the winter, it can be hard to distinguish allergies from a cold. If you’ve been coughing and sneezing for several months, suffering from itchy eyes and a runny nose, it may be due to indoor allergies.

You can test your sensitivity to allergies by doing a little housekeeping. Below are a few tips on how to reduce the number of allergens in your home:

  • Throw out anything that has developed mold (including shower liners and carpeting) and be sure to clean your bathroom surfaces and kitchen sink with a solution containing a small amount of bleach.
  • Since humidity levels tend to fluctuate in the winter, bring in a device to help you regulate the level of moisture in your home. We recommend keeping the humidity level below 50% to control an outbreak of mold.
  • Change your air filter regularly.
  • Wash and change your bedding in hot water once every week. You can also find hypoallergenic pillows and bedding at almost any department store.

If you try these things and your symptoms seem to improve or subside, there’s a good chance that you may have allergies. However, the only way to know for sure is to visit a doctor. He can administer a test to diagnose your symptoms.

Let Us Help You Combat Winter Allergies

Prevention can go a long way in keeping your allergies at bay, but it’s always good to have a backup plan. Many people have found relief from their allergies by taking over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants. In the event these treatments are not effective, however, there are also a number of treatments that doctors can prescribe to treat allergies.

To learn more about how to combat winter allergies or to schedule an appointment with an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist in the Milwaukie, OR area, call NorthWest ENT & Allergy at (503) 513-8693 today!

By Northwest ENT & Allergy Care
May 02, 2014
Category: ENT
Tags: Asthma   Asthma Treatment   Allergies   Allergens  

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.  Spring is the peak season for both asthma and allergy sufferers. During the month of May, as your Milwaukie and Portland area ENT, we strive to raise further awareness for you so that you can better understand your asthma or allergies. To help you better understand asthma and allergies let’s take a look at 3 important facts for each.

3 Asthma Facts You Should Know

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways in your lungs and can cause wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, or tightness and pain in the chest. If you suffer from asthma you may experience one or all of those symptoms, which can be disruptive to your daily activities.
  1. Asthma attacks are triggered by allergens, exercise, smoke, pollution, or airway infections.
  2. Asthma is the number one reason why children are missing school, which accounts for over 10 million missed school days a year.
  3. It is a common myth that a child will outgrow his or her asthma. In fact, children with persistent asthma still have symptoms into adulthood.

3 Allergy Facts You Should Know

April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring on sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes.  Spring is when allergy season begins and can last into the summer months, causing many people to experience an array of symptoms. The common allergy culprits are pollens, as well as mold.  The three allergy facts you should know are:
  1. There is no cure for allergies, but there is symptom relief through modification and prevention.
  2. Timing is key when taking your medications for your allergy—you should begin taking your medication two weeks before symptoms typically begin.
  3.  Allergies are on the rise, as more adults and children are diagnosed with allergies every year.
During the month of May, visit our Milwaukie, OR ENT office for more information on asthma and allergies. We will work with you to determine the best treatment plan to eliminate your symptoms.