Allergic RhinitisEnvironmental Allergies/ Hay Fever

 

Many people throughout the world suffer from allergies. 

 

Allergic rhinitis, environmental allergies or hay fever symptoms

include:

  • Itching of the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, and eyes

  • Sneezing

  • Stuffy nose (congestion)

  • Runny nose

  • Tearing eyes

  • Dark circles under the eyes

  • Fatigue

 

Perennial (or year-round) allergies are often caused by common indoor triggers such as: 

  • Dust mites

  • Mold

  • Pets (cats, dogs, etc). 

 

People who suffer only during specific seasons have seasonal allergies that are triggered by pollen from trees, grasses, or weeds.

 

Diagnosis

Dr. Offengenden will take a thorough medical history followed by allergy skin testing. Skin tests are the most common methods for determining what you are allergic to.

 

Treatment

Once specific allergens are diagnosed, Dr. Offengenden will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan including:

  • allergen avoidance, 

  • medical therapy, 

  • sub-lingual immunotherapy ( allergy tablets, available only for some allergens) and 

  • conventional immunotherapy, or allergy shots, for long term treatment of allergy symptoms.