Allergy and Asthma Specialist Doctors, Inc.
Allergy Specialists located in West Covina, CA & Pasadena, CA
Do you suffer from itchy eyes or an itchy nose? Are you always congested? You may have nasal allergies. Claire Smigiel, MD, Erica Chen, MD, and the team at Allergy and Asthma Specialist Doctors, Inc., are experts in diagnosing and treating nasal allergies. They offer comprehensive allergy testing and can help you get relief from your symptoms. Call the office in Pasadena or West Covina, California, or book an appointment online today.
Nasal Allergies Q & A
What are nasal allergies?
Nasal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis, refers to an array of symptoms caused by allergens or irritants that affect the nose.
Your nose produces mucus. When you breathe in, the mucus in your nose traps dust, germs, and other harmful substances, so they don’t get into your lungs. The thin mucus then drains down the back of your throat.
Certain substances may irritate your nose and trigger an increase in mucus production. If you have nasal allergies, your immune system releases histamine when you breathe in the allergens and causes your allergy symptoms.
What are the symptoms of nasal allergies?
Symptoms of nasal allergies vary in type and severity. You may have symptoms that occur immediately after you breathe in the allergen, or your symptoms develop later.
Common nasal allergy symptoms include:
- Itchy nose, itchy eyes
- Runny nose and congestion
- Difficulty smelling
- Sore throat
- Itchy ears
- Puffy eyes
The most common allergens that trigger nasal allergies include pollen, mold, dust, and pet dander.
Nasal allergies can be chronic, and the symptoms may disrupt your daily life. The experts at Allergy and Asthma Specialist Doctors, Inc., can provide the care you need to live your life breathing easily.
How are nasal allergies diagnosed?
Allergy and Asthma Specialist Doctors, Inc., offers comprehensive allergy testing to determine the underlying cause of your nasal allergies. Allergy testing may include skin prick or allergy patch testing.
How are nasal allergies treated?
Your provider at Allergy and Asthma Specialist Doctors, Inc., develops a personalized treatment plan for your nasal allergies based on the underlying cause of your allergies and the frequency and severity of your symptoms.
Your plan may include lifestyle modifications to limit your exposure to the allergen, as well as medication to alleviate your symptoms.
Allergy and Asthma Specialist Doctors, Inc., also offers immunotherapy for those with severe nasal allergies that fail to improve with lifestyle modification and allergy medication. Immunotherapy may eliminate your allergy and allergy symptoms altogether.
To get relief from your nasal allergies, call Allergy and Asthma Specialist Doctors, Inc., or book an appointment online today.