Common symptoms of allergies.
Allergy symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Still, most people will say they feel “congested,” which can be an uncomfortable symptom that impacts your day-to-day activities, energy, and sleep. Some of the most common symptoms are:
Because you can develop allergies to anything and symptoms can easily be confused with other illnesses, a doctor can evaluate whether you’re suffering from allergies or something else, help you manage symptoms, and recommend tests or treatments.
Dr. Collins’ perspective – allergies, cold, or COVID-19?
“When it’s hard to breathe, and you feel congested in your nose and head, it’s not always easy to tell what’s going on. Because COVID-19 variants cause symptoms that overlap with colds, flu, allergies, and asthma, a doctor can help determine the cause and best treatment and get you feeling better faster. If your symptoms are familiar and return each year at the same time, you likely have seasonal allergies. But if your symptoms are new or over-the-counter remedies are no longer working, you should see a doctor to help determine the root of the problem.”
Knowing your triggers.
While pollen is one of the most common allergens, dust mites, mold, and animal dander are also common triggers for allergic reactions. Keeping notes or a journal on when your allergies begin, how long they last, and what seems to trigger them can help you pinpoint what is causing your symptoms. It will also help your doctor diagnose your symptoms and recommend the best type of treatment for you.
Did you know?
Your body can view anything as a foreign ‘invader’ that it must eliminate. This causes some people to have allergies to surprisingly uncommon things like water, sunlight, and even exercise. Here are five more uncommon allergies:
Dr. Collins’ perspective
“If allergies are impacting your daily life, I recommend focusing on three things to help minimize symptoms:
These three tips can help you find a little relief, but the reality is that despite your best efforts, you may still experience symptoms which require medication to manage.”