Millions of adults and children experience nasal allergies, commonly known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis. For these people, common substances — including pollen, mold, dust, feathers, animal dander and pollutants — trigger an immune system response that might include a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, cough, throat irritation, fatigue and headache.
Allergy testing, which is not painful, reveals your triggers so you know to avoid them or, if that's not possible, to take medication to prevent an allergic response. Depending on the allergy, you also may benefit from immunotherapy, a method of treating allergies by desensitizing you to your triggers, either with allergy drops under the tongue (sublingual immunotherapy) or allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy).
Allergy testing and both forms of immunotherapy are available for adults and children 12 years old and older at Lake Regional Pulmonology.