Wondering if your nagging cold is actually an allergy? Or what about your new skin cream that made your hands break out? Distinguishing an allergy from a non-allergic condition is not always a clear-cut task. But knowing the difference can sometimes help you solve what's ailing you, which in turn could mean faster relief.
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With seasonal allergies, your symptoms flare up at certain times of the year when the pollen counts are high. If you’re uncomfortable all year long, you probably have indoor allergies to things such as pet dander and dust mites.
Seeing a Doctor
First, try to keep your symptoms in check with over-the-counter medications. But if you're still miserable, it's time to see your doctor for treatment.
Your doctor may refer you to an allergy specialist who can find out what kind of pollen you're allergic to and make a treatment plan. It might include medication or allergy immunotherapy with shots or tablets.
It also helps to know what triggers your allergies. If it's pollen, stay inside when the pollen count is high.