Allergic Rhinitis - When to Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if:
- You have pain in the
sinus area and other symptoms of sinus infection. (Symptoms may include fever or a creamy, yellow
or green discharge from the nose.)
- Your allergy symptoms get worse and you don't know why.
- You are taking a prescription or
over-the-counter allergy medicine that does not help
- Your allergy medicine is causing side effects that bother you,
such as decreased coordination or increased drowsiness.
- You have a fever or ear pain.
- You have a cough or cold that lasts longer than 1 to 2
- You have severe itching of the eyes or nose.
- Your allergy disturbs your life.
Who to see
Health professionals who can evaluate
and treat mild allergic rhinitis symptoms include:
You may need to see an allergy specialist (allergist), depending on your symptoms or which other treatments you may need. For example, you may need to see a specialist if your medicines are not working or cause severe side
effects or if you are thinking about getting immunotherapy (such as allergy shots).
Your doctor may refer you to an ear, nose, and throat
(ENT) specialist (also called an
otolaryngologist or otorhinolaryngologist). An ENT
specialist may be helpful if your doctor thinks you may have
nasal polyps or other obstructions in your