When we think about allergies we tend to think about sneezing, itching and a runny nose. While these “classic” allergy symptoms are common, there are many combinations of allergy symptoms.
- Nasal congestion
- Facial pressure
- Headaches (including migraines)
- Post-nasal drainage
- Itchy eyes or nose
- A drippy nose
- A cough
- A sore throat
- Frequent throat clearing
- A hoarse voice
- Worsening of asthma
- An upset stomach
- Frequent sinus infections
Many people with allergies will have a combination of a few or many of these symptoms. Some people with allergies will only have one or two of these symptoms.
It’s amazing how many people we see with a few of the more “atypical” symptoms on the list (like frequent throat clearing, a chronic cough, or fatigue), who never considered allergies as a possibility, but whose symptoms resolve for the first time in years when their allergies are treated.
A simple skin test that takes less than an hour can tell us if you are allergic, what you are allergic to, and how allergic you are to each item. Children as young as six years old are able to comfortably undergo the testing.
Since allergies are caused by a hyperactive immune system, most people with symptomatic allergies respond to items present in every season (trees in the spring, grasses in the summer, weeds in the fall, and mold in the winter). This means that many people with allergies will not have a seasonal component, and instead are symptomatic year-round.