Don’t Let Allergies Slow You Down

Summer is the season for outdoor fun with family and friends. Everything is vibrant, alive and buzzing with activity. For some, unfortunately, their sinuses are just as active.

“Northeast Wyoming is full of allergens,” Dr. Thomas C. Davis of Davis Ear Nose & Throat said. “I see a lot of people struggling here, for it being such a small community.”

Davis speaks from experience, having practiced otolaryngology around the country before returning to his home state in 2008. In fact, he’s the only physician in the state, who is board-certified in both otolaryngology (treatment and surgery for disorders of the ear, nose, throat), and sleep medicine.

Although Dr. Davis can treat any disease or disorder relating to the ears, nose and throat, he estimates around 20 percent of the patients he sees are for allergy-related ailments.

When treating allergies, Davis likes to take a tiered approach.

“I’m of the philosophy to have people on the least medication as possible,” Davis said. “We don’t like to take it, and it’s easy not to take it, so compliance can be a big issue, as well.”

Most who suffer from seasonal allergies deal with symptoms using over-the-counter remedies, Davis said, and which medication to reach for depends on whether one’s primary complaint is congestion or sneezing, runny nose or itchy eyes.

Nasal steroid sprays go straight to the source of congestion.

“Stuffiness bothers people,” Davis said, who has suffered with allergies his entire life. “No one likes to breathe through their mouth when they’re sleeping.”

For sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, Davis suggests pairing nasal spray with an antihistamine.

If allergies are still affecting your quality of life, Davis suggests getting allergy testing done to determine what exactly is causing the adverse reaction. Once the culprit is identified, allergies can be treated with avoidance, medication and immunotherapy.

By: Charity D. Stewart

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