The months of
September and October introduce the beginning of the fall/winter allergy
season, which affects many adults and children in our area.
In fact, mid-Missouri has been identified as one of "the 100 most
challenging places to live with allergies during the spring and fall" by
the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Allergies can be caused by something in your environment or that
you digested, or it can be an inherited condition in which your immune
system reacts to something that does not affect most other people.
Allergy is often regarded as only "hay fever", with rhinorrhea, nasal congestion, sneezing, pruritic and watery eyes.
However, there may be an association between allergies and other
diseases as chronic sinusitis, post nasal drip, cold symptoms, recurring
otitis media and externa, the dizziness of Meniere's syndrome, hearing
loss, tinnitus, chronic cough, asthma, headaches.
Even chronic fatigue and skin eczema are included in this list of associated medical conditions.
Some allergy symptoms may in fact be caused by a condition known as
non-allergic rhinitis, also known as a hypersensitive nose. It afflicts
as many as one-third of Americans, who mistakenly treat themselves
inappropriately with over-the-counter allergy medications.
physicians specialize in the medical management and surgical care for
adults and children with ear, nose and throat disorders.
Before you start self-medicating for something you think is an allergy-based condition, you may want to see a doctor.
Find out more about allergies, chronic sinusitis and sinus surgery at the Washington University Sinus Institute web site.
FOR APPOINTMENTS CALL 314-362-7509.
Four Convenient Locations Are Available
St. Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place
St. Louis, MO 63110
ADULT & PEDIATRIC PATIENTS
Ear, Nose & Throat Center
Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO 63110
West County Office
605 Old Ballas Road, Ste 130
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Bonne Terre Office
7245 Raider Road
Bonne Terre, MO 63628