Allergies

As the seasons change, so do our needs when it comes to healthcare. This post has been designed to equip you with everything you could possibly need to combat your seasonal allergies.

So, whether you’re the resident red-eyed, elephant-like sneezer in the office, just now developing adult-onset asthma or simply lending a sympathetic ear to your allergy-plagued loved one – Doctors on Demand is here to help!

Allergy management

Asthma and allergies are closely linked because they can be triggered by allergy factors. You may be familiar with thunderstorm asthma, where people with allergies or hay fever experience severe attacks immediately before a thunderstorm due to a high grass pollen count. People who struggle with allergies are advised to avoid the outdoors before and during thunderstorms when wind gusts are strong.

Allergic rhinitis (or hay fever) refers to allergy symptoms triggered by a high pollen count during certain times of the year. Almost one in five Australians experience hay fever which makes the inside of the nose irritated, swollen and inflamed. Symptoms include:

  • Itchy, runny or blocked nose
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Always feeling like you have a head cold
  • Frequent sore throats
  • Hoarse voice
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Snoring
  • Facial pain or pressure
  • Frequent headaches
  • Repeatedly getting middle ear infections
  • Constantly coughing to clear the throat or soon after lying down to sleep
  • Sleeping badly or being tired during the day

Receiving a diagnosis could involve participating in an allergy test, having a physical examination, trialling a nasal spray or being referred to an allergy specialist or ear, nose and throat surgeon.

Nasal sprays

One of the more effective defences against hay fever is a corticosteroid nasal spray which reduces inflammation in the lining of the nose and reduces symptoms. These sprays are available with and without prescription, but your doctor will advise you of your best course of action.

Antihistamine sprays

These sprays provide quick relief from allergy symptoms and can be used in conjunction with corticosteroid sprays.

Antihistamine tablets

These tablets work well fighting itching and sneezing but are less effective for clearing a blocked or runny nose. People may take these during high pollen count days or in anticipation of being around known allergens.

Nasal decongestants

Decongestants work to clear blocked or runny noses and should not be used for more than a few days at a time.

In case of emergency

During an allergy consultation with a doctor, they will discuss potential side effects of your medication.

While allergy patients are responsible for properly managing their symptoms, severe attacks can happen with little warning. If you observe the following symptoms, call an ambulance:

  • Severe breathing problems
  • Rapidly worsening symptoms
  • Reliever not taking effect
  • Difficulty speaking sentences
  • Blue lips
  • Drowsiness

With Doctors on Demand, you can address your seasonal allergies on your terms. Our doctors are available for both scheduled and on-demand consultations so you can seek guidance or treatment as needed. We can provide you with referrals to specialists and access to our QuickScript service for medication. So wherever you land on your allergy journey, Doctors on Demand are here to help.

 

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