Wondering if your cold is actually an allergy? An allergy involves an overreaction by your immune system, often to harmless substances such as foods or pollen. Dr. Craig Shapiro and Dr. Sina Joorabchi of Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy, which is located in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving Broward County, provide treatments for people with allergies. Here are some general tips to help distinguish an allergy.
Check your symptoms.
If you're not sure if you have a cold or an allergy, inventory your symptoms. If the list encompasses a low-grade fever, yellow-colored or greenish mucus, coughing, or muscle and joint pain, then it's more likely a cold. But if you've got red, watery, or itchy eyes; clear nasal discharge; sneezing; or your throat or ears feel scratchy -- then you're probably dealing with an allergy.
Timing is everything.
The duration and time of year your symptoms occur can be strong clues to identifying their root cause. If your symptoms have lasted for a few weeks or a few months, you are probably dealing with an allergy. If your symptoms get worse in the fall or spring when pollen counts are higher, then it's more likely to be an allergy. However, if you have symptoms all the time, then you may have a year-round allergy, which is commonly due to indoor allergens.
Visit with your doctor.
If allergy symptoms continue to bother you and at-home treatments fail to work, or if you're still unable to tell if you have an allergy, then it's time to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist for a full evaluation. Your Pembroke Pines, FL, doctors can conduct allergy tests and offer treatment that produces the best results.
So, what are you waiting for? Don't let allergies keep you from enjoying life. Take control of your allergy symptoms. Call Dr. Craig Shapiro & Dr. Sina Joorabchi in Pembroke Pines, FL and serving the Hollywood area at 954-438-7171 today to schedule an appointment. We will help provide the relief you need.