Allergies Bothering You?
Allergies are one of the most common yet most overlooked diseases in the U.S. affecting up to 50 million annually. The St. Louis metropolitan area consistently ranks among the highest affected cities for allergy problems.
Allergies, commonly known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, are caused by immune systems’ hypersensitivity. Allergic reactions occur when a person’s immune system reacts to normally harmless substances (or allergens) in the environment.
Allergens May Be:
- Animal Dander
By far the allergens that cause the most sinus problems are those that we inhale such as pollens and molds.
When the body comes in contact with something it is allergic to, it causes a series of reactions. These reactions often involve tissue destruction, blood vessel dilation, and production of many inflammatory substances, including histamine. Histamine produces common allergy symptoms.
Common Allergy Symptoms Include:
- Itchy, Watery Eyes
- Nasal Congestion
- Sinus Congestion
- Runny Nose
- Post nasal drip
- Scratchy throat
- Shortness of breath or Wheezing
Allergies have a significant impact on quality of life and financial burden. At the St. Louis Sinus Center, we are committed to improving your allergy symptoms! The first and most important step is to accurately diagnose the allergy problem.