Many upper/lower respiratory symptoms due to allergies but undiagnosed or treated incorrectly.
Likewise, many symptoms NOT due to allergies, also treated incorrectly.
This #MondayMorning thread will discuss⬇️
-Runny nose (clear mucous)
No itching + mainly congestion = likely nonallergic causes.
Important to note that #asthma & allergies often go hand in hand. Poor control of rhinitis = cough, wheeze
- Nasal steroid sprays single most effective treatment for ALL nasal symptoms; must use daily & consistently for best effect
- Antihistamines do NOT treat congestion or nonallergic rhinitis; may help itching/sneezing
Why proper diagnosis matters⬆️
Both a big commitment to long term schedule = at least 3-5 years of therapy
Neither a 1st line treatment but can really help severe patients
I've seen many docs recommend broad avoidance measures for people who don't even have allergies = $$$, wasted effort
As with any condition, lots of over and under-diagnosis.
Board certified allergists can help anyone with poorly controlled rhinitis or asthma. No need to suffer!