How to Relieve Allergy Symptoms

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Allergy season is upon us. If you are feeling the effects, you are not alone. Albany is on the list of the top ten allergy capitals of the United States. The ranking is the result of the 2022 Allergy Capitals™ report from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

News10’s Ryan Peterson sat down for a chat with Dr. Nora Perkins of Albany ENT to discuss why Albany ranks so high on the list, ways to identify the difference between allergies and other types of illnesses, and the best way to find relief for your symptoms.

Dr. Perkins says allergy season in Albany begins in early March and lasts through October. Many people will experience the side effects of tree pollen until around May or June, before grass pollen takes hold, and eventually weed pollen will appear in late summer and early winter. ‘fall.

Many allergy symptoms can mimic upper respiratory infections. However, Dr Perkins says there is a distinct difference – allergies will never present with a fever.

“Typical allergy symptoms include: itching, sneezing, runny nose, runny eyes, sometimes people get headaches, fatigue, things that can really mimic upper respiratory symptoms.” Dr Perkins goes on to say, “So if you have a fever, that definitely suggests more of a viral infection, an upper respiratory infection and is definitely worth testing for COVID or other viral infections. “

If you’ve never had allergies before, Dr. Perkins says it’s normal for adults to develop allergies later in life, but it can take a few seasons and different symptoms before you realize what’s going on.

If you find over-the-counter relief, keep doing what you’re doing, but if you want to get a better idea of ​​what you’re allergic to, Dr. Perkins says it’s a good idea to go see an allergist . Finding out what you are allergic to can help you create a better treatment plan.

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