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By our Smarty friends at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates
Traditionally we think of allergies flaring up in the spring and early fall, but if you are currently suffering from a stuffy nose, itchy and or watery eyes and sneezing, do not immediately blame it on the common cold. More time is spent indoors during the colder months therefore you have more exposure to indoor allergens such as mold, dust and pet dander.
A cold normally only lasts 10-14 days, but allergies can linger on for several weeks. Another major difference between winter allergies and colds is the color of your nasal drip. If it is clear with an itchy nose than it is most likely due to winter allergies.
The best way to handle winter allergies is to understand what is causing them and why. Dr. Eric Mair from Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates points out that common winter allergies include many of the same allergy irritants as seen in the warmer seasons. He notes that pet dander and molds are especially prevalent in the winter season when pets tend to stay inside and mold and mildew are more abundant from old leaves, damp wood, and improperly ventilated areas. Allergies may be worsened by Yuletide trimmings such as live Christmas trees, scented candles and wood fires. If avoidance strategies and over-the-counter medications are not providing the relief you need than it may be time to see an ENT allergy specialist.
Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates offers skin allergy testing and the latest in blood sample allergy testing for substances such as pollen, dust, molds, and pets. By performing these tests, our Charlotte ENT allergy specialists can advise you on how to reduce your exposure to allergens. The results also aid in adjusting your medical treatment. In addition to testing for allergies, we can start you on allergy shots in an attempt to better control your symptoms.
Call 704-295-3000 today to schedule an appointment with one of our highly-trained allergists.