Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, LLC
Rheumatology & Allergy & Immunology located in Manchester, CT
If you have cold-like symptoms that don’t seem to be going away, then you may have hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis. At Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, LLC in Manchester and Middletown, Connecticut, the allergy specialists can determine the underlying cause of your hay fever and provide the most effective treatment to help you get relief from your symptoms. Schedule an appointment online or by phone today if you suspect you may have hay fever.
Hay Fever Q & A
What is hay fever?
Hay fever is an allergic response that causes you to develop cold-like symptoms. Allergies are an overreaction of your body’s immune system to a substance that doesn’t cause problems for most people.
Common allergens that lead to hay fever include:
- Pet dander
You can even develop hay fever with a food allergy.
What are the symptoms of hay fever?
With hay fever, you may experience cold-like symptoms. Because the symptoms are so similar to the common cold, you may delay treatment thinking your symptoms will resolve on their own.
Common signs and symptoms of hay fever include:
- Runny nose
- Sinus pressure
- Sore throat
- Itchy and watery eyes
- Postnasal drip
Unlike a cold, you won’t experience body aches or fever with allergic rhinitis.
If you’re experiencing cold-like symptoms that don’t seem to be improving, contact the team at Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, LLC for an evaluation.
How is hay fever diagnosed?
Your allergy specialist at Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, LLC conducts a comprehensive exam when you come to the office with concerns about hay fever. In addition to reviewing your symptoms and conducting a physical exam, the team at Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, LLC also offers skin testing to determine the allergen behind your symptoms.
During a skin allergy test, your specialist pricks your skin with potential allergens and monitors your skin for a reaction. If you develop a raised bump at the site of the prick, then it’s likely your allergen has been identified.
The skin prick test is conducted at the office under close observation.
What are the treatments for hay fever?
Treatment for your hay fever depends on the severity of your symptoms, the allergen causing your symptoms, and your medical history. Your specialist develops a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs. Your treatment may include:
- Avoidance of your allergen
- Allergy desensitization with allergy shots
- Nasal corticosteroids
Your specialist also provides recommendations for what you can do at home to reduce your symptoms and avoid exposure to the allergen.
Hay fever can make you feel miserable, but treatment is available to alleviate your symptoms. For expert care, call Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, LLC or schedule an appointment online today.
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