Ep. 13: Surprising Allergy Symptoms You Might Not Suspect
Today’s episode of the Dr. Momma Says Podcast discusses that even though allergies are common, there are many surprising allergy symptoms.
Most people understand what allergies are. Or what they think they are! But every day in my private practice, my little patients complain of problems where I readily think about allergies. But, many parents have found them to be surprising allergy symptoms that they never considered.
And because of the fact that it is ALWAYS an allergy season, I feel it is important to discuss what allergies are and how the symptoms can vary.
First and foremost I want to emphasize the importance of understanding that allergies can affect the entire body. Because people usually think of hay fever as the classic allergy, this explains why many people do not suspect some of these surprising allergy symptoms.
So that we can all start on the same page, let’s just agree that the following are classic or commonly accepted allergy symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes
- Postnasal drip
- Throat clearing
And if we accept these symptoms as causing allergies, then most people can accept or not be shocked by common complications of allergies like ear infections, sinus infection, sore throat, and hoarseness.
By the end of this episode, you will belong to the group of wiser people who can think about their symptoms in a different way and perhaps get started on an allergy evaluation or treatment protocol sooner rather than later.
Below is the list, but be sure to catch the details on the podcast which include a lot of extra tidbits of useful information about each symptom!
9 Surprising Allergy Symptoms
- Hearing loss
- Ringing in the ears
- Nosebleeds (Treating with Vaseline may be dangerous, so learn the best alternative to treat)
- Chronic Cough
- Stomach problems
Bottom line, medical care is not straightforward; consequently, every symptom you have may have many different causes. I highly recommend you do not give up attempts to get to the bottom of a chronic illness. Initially, it is absolutely appropriate to be treated for basic common problems. However, at some point, other options may need to be considered.
Remember that an allergy is not always what you think it is. Allergies are immune system reactions that can happen due to a lot of different triggers and can impact many areas of the body.
Your physician may need to refer you to get an allergy evaluation
If the symptoms do not improve, consider seeing another specialist since many symptoms overlap with several specialties, and we all approach diagnosis and treatment differently.
Primary care, ENT, Allergy & Immunology, Pulmonary, Gastrointestinal and Dermatology physicians all care for these allergic patients.
Before changing specialties, you might want to check to be sure that you have been evaluated and treated by a physician.
Just as medical students and residents do not have the same experience as attending physician, physician assistants and nurse practitioners do not have the same experience and training as attending physicians.
Even when you are evaluated at a specialist physician’s office, non-physician providers are often very helpful and are part of your treatment team. I personally hired and worked with nurse practitioners for over 15 years; however, problems that were not resolving needed to be seen and managed directly by me.
Before deciding to escalate your treatment options, I simply remind you to verify the credentials of the provider you have been seeing. Complicated problems may require more experience to consider more unusual options.
In summary, I think it might be a good idea for you to widen your concept of what allergy means. This may help you to see other associated symptoms that you had previously ignored and help you get healthier sooner.
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