In the spring and summer allergy season, we frequently see people with very significant and very predictable seasonal allergy symptoms. We like to call this the Seven Dwarfs of nasal rhinitis symptoms (or nose allergy symptoms). Read about the symptoms of nose allergies below. If you sound like any of these seven dwarfs, schedule an appointment at Bluegrass Family Allergy! We’ll take you from Grumpy to Happy.
Sneezy: More than 4 Sneezes in a Row
If you’re sneezing more than four times in a row, you likely have an allergy. Common spring and summer allergens include:
- Dust mites
We perform allergy testing for all of these allergens and more.
Grumpy: How You Feel when You Can’t Control Your Allergy
You’re sneezing, you can’t enjoy being outside, and you’re getting poor sleep: all of these can combine to make you grumpy. You’ll be happier and feel better once you get your allergies under control. The best way to do this is to see your allergist. We provide the following treatments:
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
- Sublingual immunotherapy (allergy tablets)
Sleepy: Allergies Interfere with Sleep
We mentioned this earlier: uncontrolled allergies cause poor sleep quality. A stuffy nose or a fit of coughing might wake you up in the middle of the night. If you do sleep through the night, you’ll wake up feeling tired.
Dopey: Allergies Impair Your Performance
Seasonal allergies have been shown to impair school and work performance, even when you don’t miss a day. This can be due to several reasons, some of which include the distracting and uncomfortable symptoms of allergies:
- Itching in the nose, mouth, throat, or eyes
- Stuffy nose
- Runny nose
- Tearing eyes
Bashful: How a Runny Nose Makes You Feel
It can be a little embarrassing to constantly blow your nose at work or school. Snot is kind of icky, and you might not enjoy having an irritated, red nose either. Some allergic reactions can trigger sinusitis, which means mucus isn’t draining from your sinuses properly. Symptoms of sinusitis include:
- Thick yellow-green nasal discharge
- Painful pressure in cheeks and forehead
- Postnasal drip, often with a bad taste
Doc: Who You Need
To treat your allergies and begin enjoying your summer, you need an allergist to help you get rid of these nasal rhinitis symptoms. Dr. Brauer will be happy to determine what is causing your allergies and develop a unique solution for you.
Happy: How You Feel when Your Allergies Are Under Control!
To learn how to manage your nasal rhinitis and feel happy again, schedule an appointment at Bluegrass Family Allergy!