I don't have allergies but I do have allergy like reaction (including nasal congestion) to dust, smoke, scents, etc. Did that cause my dark circles?
Non Allergic Rhiniti. Rhinitis is the condition that causes nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy nose, and a runny nose. It can be caused by allergies or not caused by allergies -- this is called non allergic rhinitis (nar). Nar is caused by strong odors perfumes, smoke and other irritants. I would challenge the statement that allergy testing is too cumbersome, costly and painful to perfume.
It could.. If you're referring to under eye circles, they are commonly associated with allergies. Unfortunately, they're fairly non specific and could be related to other causes, as well. If they're painful or accompany blurred vision, you need to see a doctor in person for further evaluation.
Could Be. Dark circles under your eyes could be part of what we call "allergic facies". If your continuously exposed to things like smoke and dust, and believe they are causing your symptoms, you may want to try an otc antihistamine like Claritin (loratadine) daily for a few weeks. If not effective you should see your doctor for other options. A mask is a good idea also if your exposed to dust and smoke a lot.
Yes. Allergy testing is one way to find out but I found allergy testing to be cumbersome and expensive, best way will be to talk to a good internist.
What causes nasopharynx swelling? 3 months, lump sensation feeling of plugged mucus, no nasal congestion. Tried steroid sprays, allergy meds, rinses.
Throat swelling? I don't know if you are referring to the throat swelling or not. If so, you need to consult an ENT to find out. In the absence of nasal congestion, one would not expect steroid sprays, allergy med, or rinses to work.
Re-occurring eye reactions. Both eyes swell - lids & area, then rash. Lasts 2-3 weeks. Not redness in eye or nasal congestion. Allergy tests show cat?
Eyelid eczema. This can be from contact dermatitis or environmental allergies. If you are not exposed to cats, then you need to have a patch test to determine your contact allergens, such as make up and nail polish. A dermatologist or allergist can help.
See a dermatologist. You need a prescription calcineurin inhibitor cream or ointment. Do not use cortisones on eyelids. Meanwhile get rid of the cat. How about a dog or maybe a pet rock?
I have had nasal congestion for almost a month that has not gone away. I have taken allergy meds, sprays, and nasal decongestants. None have helped.
Nasal congestion. Was this precipitated by a cold (URI) or allergies? Any history of chemicals inhaled which are irritants like paints, glues, or diesel exhaust. Is your environment dry in your home? As you can see there may be an underlying factor contributing to this. Another more obvious thing would be nasal trauma. You need ENT exam with fiberoptic scope to check you out and put together a treatment plan.
Have been taking claratin 10 mg for few days and getting excellent sleep. Does this mean my main pblm is allergy and not nasal congestion?
Could be, but. Allergy is a sort of chronic inflammation, and that can lead to congestion too, if claritin helped, fine, stay on it, use it regularly for sometime, even if you have no symptoms, read the labels carefully to make sure it suits you. If later symptoms develop, and claritin isn't as effective, you may want to see an allergist if u have access to one in your area, or follow up with your ENT specialist.
Nasal steroid spray. The most effective treatment for the nasal congestion associated with allergies is topical nasal steroid sprays. These include qnasl, zetonna, flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) veramyst, rhinocort, etc. These are safe and effective.
Pseudoephedrine. Decongestants work best for nasal congestion, and there is only one over the counter medication that works well for this problem, and that is pseudoephedrine. This medication is only available by asking the pharmacist. Nasal steroid sprays are the most effective medication for childhood allergies, in children over the age of 2, when medications are needed on a regular basis.
If eating foods with wheat gives one nasal congestion & headache & edema but celiac testing is negative, is that a wheat allergy or intolerance?
Allergy vs Intoleran. Your symptoms speak more for a food allergy.
I have dermatographia so no allergy skin tests blood tests neg to all usual environ. And foods. Yet have nasal congestion, hives, allergic shiners, reflux, fatigue in response to triggers. Next steps?
IgE! You should have a ige level determined. If high, allergy. If low, complex issue! If ige high, otc zyrtec (cetirizine) and 150 mg of ranitidine should help! I'd not, see your doc!
See Allergist. If not already done, see a specialist for further evaluation.