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When should you make an appointment to your allergist?

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You may want to make an appointment if:

  • You have symptoms that last for more than 3 months and make it hard for you to work or sleep.
  • You’ve tried OTC drugs and still need more relief.
  • You get a lot of sinus infections, headaches, stuffy nose, or ear infections.
  • You have other health problems such as heart disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, glaucoma, high blood pressure, enlarged prostate, liver disease, or kidney disease. If so, it may not be safe to treat allergies on your own with OTC drugs.

From: When to See an Allergist WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: "Allergy Treatment." 

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: "When Should I See an Allergist?"

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Over-the-Counter Medications."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 30, 2019

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: "Allergy Treatment." 

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: "When Should I See an Allergist?"

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Over-the-Counter Medications."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 30, 2019

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