The goal in treating nasal allergies is to avoid the misery and discomfort of allergy symptoms and any disruption they cause in your normal routine. You also want to avoid side effects of medication, such as drowsiness. Talk with your doctor about what you hope to accomplish with allergy treatment. Also, talk about what you can reasonably expect from allergy treatment. Once you work with your doctor to set goals, you can track your allergy symptoms and your reactions to allergy medications. You'll know your allergy treatment is working when you see that you're meeting your goals.
Complications of Untreated Allergies
Nasal allergies aren't something you should ignore. Left untreated, allergies can lead to sinus, throat, ear, and stomach problems. Some of the more serious complications of untreated allergies include:
- sinus infections
- nasal polyps
- ear infections
- asthma attacks
- emotional and social problems
Successfully Managing Your Allergies
You now have some new skills and knowledge to manage your allergies. Remember that signs of successfully managing your nasal allergies include fewer allergies symptoms and a more active lifestyle. Doing what you can to avoid those things that trigger your allergy symptoms, taking the allergy medications you and your healthcare team have chosen, and keeping track of your progress are all steps that will help you achieve those goals.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Written by Karen Serrano, MD, Emergency Medicine resident at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Reviewed by Lisa V. Suffian, MD Instructor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Pulmonary Medicine at Saint Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Saint Louis University Board certified in Allergy and Immunology Last updated June 2008