Updated August 2020.
Sneezing, sniffling, itchy, watery eyes. Dealing with allergy symptoms can be uncomfortable, but how do you know when you need to see a doctor to get care? For starters, it’s never a bad idea to check in with a doctor about your allergies. Here are some signs it may be time to get a doctor's perspective:
You’ve never had allergies before: If this is your first time experiencing allergies, you may want to talk through your symptoms with a physician. A quick consult may help resolve whether this is really just seasonal allergies or actually an early spring or fall cold. Symptoms might seem similar, but the treatments for each are different.
Your allergies are more severe this season: If you generally have the occasional sniffle but are suddenly faced with more extreme symptoms, it’s worth discussing your symptoms with a doctor. The doctor will want to understand if anything has changed in your environment or whether you’re simply developing more severe symptoms as you age.
Your normal regimen isn’t working: If you're dealing with difficult allergy symptoms that are affecting your daily life, you don't have to go through it alone. Talk to a doctor to get care and learn about the latest allergy treatments and trends.
It’s interfering with sleep, work, or school: If you’re losing sleep or work hours because of your allergies, you may want to speak with a doctor about how you can resolve your symptoms moving forward. Allergies can be frustrating but they don’t need to take over your life. With the proper treatment, you can find relief.
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