It's that time of the year again: as the days get colder and the air gets drier, our noses get runny and our throats get itchy, often leading to full-blown allergy attacks. Allergy symptoms like these don't have to keep you down for days on end, though! You can conquer them, but clearing up these symptoms takes knowledge and vigilant self-care to prevent future outbreaks, and to avoid the Allergiesrisk of potential upcoming reactions.

At West Coast Ear, Nose, and Throat, you'll discover firsthand how your allergies can be a thing of the past. While allergens can be transmitted to their victims by air, touch, or ingestion, you can take full control before they reach your body through the care of our expert ENT doctors on site.

Check out some facts about allergies and how to keep them under wraps below:

What Are Allergies?

Allergies are exaggerated immune responses to atmospheric substances that are considered harmless to most other members of the general public.

What Causes Them?

A person's genes as well as their immediate environment can directly contribute to allergic reactions. Symptoms like sneezing, a sore throat, a runny nose, and itchy eyes are common indications that you're battling something allergy-related.

If left untreated, allergies can lead to more severe symptoms like postnasal drip, repeated colds, recurring ear infections and hearing loss, chronic coughs, and even asthma, not to mention other respiratory and digestive problems. In short, allergies can impact every facet of your body.

What Sets Them Off?

People with allergies are often sensitive to environmental substances like:

  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Food
  • Mold spores
  • Insect bites/stings
  • Certain medications

How Can I Overcome Them?

Getting over your allergies means staying away from the environmental stimuli that sets them off to begin with. Your helpful ENT doctor at West Coast ENT can create the right treatment plan for you to overcome all your allergy maladies, as they will conduct tests to uncover the proper diagnosis for your specific issues.

For more information on overcoming your allergies this cold season, give one of the trusted ENT doctors at West Coast ENT a call today at (805) 379-9646 for full allergy-symptom relief right here in Thousand Oaks, CA!