Allergy is a condition, often inherited, in which the immune system of the affected person reacts to something that is either eaten, touched, or inhaled that doesn’t affect most other people. The patient’s immune system reacts to this substance as if it were an “enemy invader” (like a virus). This reaction leads to symptoms that often adversely affect the patient’s work, play, rest, and overall quality of life.
Allergens Cause Allergies
Any substance that triggers an allergic reaction is called an allergen. Allergens “invade” the body by being inhaled, swallowed or injected, or they may be absorbed through the skin. Common allergens include pollen, dust and mold.
What are the Symptoms of ear, Nose and Throat Allergies?
People often think of allergy as only “hay fever,” with sneezing, runny nose, nasal stuffiness and itchy, watery eyes. However, allergies can also cause symptoms such as chronic “sinus” problems, excess nasal and throat drainage (postnasal drip), head congestion, frequent “colds,”hoarse voice, eczema (skin allergies), recurring ear infections, hearing loss, dizziness, chronic cough and asthma. Even stomach and intestinal problems as well as excessive fatigue can be symptoms of allergy.
Symptoms of ear, nose, and throat allergies may include:
•Nasal itching and rubbing
•Nasal congestion/Runny nose
•Dark circles under the eyes
•Crease across bridge of nose
•Frequent throat clearing
•Mouth breathing/Diminished/lost sense of smell/taste
•Recurrent, unexplained nosebleeds/Recurrent ear infections
•Recurrent sinus infections
•Fluctuating hearing loss
•Cold-like symptoms more than 10 days
•Symptoms recur same time each year
Symptoms can range from minor to severe. The greater the frequency and/or amount of exposure, the greater the chance that the susceptible person will develop an allergic problem that will require treatment.