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Measuring the Severity of Allergies

By:   |   Jul 08, 2018   |   Views: 28   |   Comments: 0

Sniffling, sneezing, and congestion€"these symptoms frequently plague Colorado allergy sufferers in the warmer months and throughout the year. But even if you experience the symptoms, it can be hard to determine whether you should visit an allergy specialist or an ear, nose, and throat physician (ENT). Here is an overview of the types of allergies, when you should see a specialist for your allergies, and what an allergist or ENT can do to help you feel better.

What kinds of allergies are there?

Allergies come in several different forms, and reactions can manifest across the body€"not just in the nose. Part of treating your allergies requires understanding what's causing them and where your allergic reactions are occurring.

Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)

Hay fever is a general term used to describe allergic reactions that happen in the nose during the spring, summer, and fall months; sniffling, sneezing, and congestion are among the most common reactions that occur in the nose. Allergy sufferers may also experience itching in the nose, eyes, and throat. If you have these sorts of symptoms throughout the year, it's likely you have allergic rhinitis.

Contact Dermatitis/Skin Allergies

Another common form of allergies is contact dermatitis, or skin allergies. Often, those who have sensitive skin or who are particularly allergic to certain chemicals, pet dander, or foods will develop hives or rashes on the area where allergens come into contact with the skin.

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