Posted on Feb 27, 2015 9:47pm PST

Seasonal changes in the Atlanta area can make it difficult to tell if nasal congestion is just a symptom of a passing cold, or allergies. While a visit to a Smyrna/Vinings allergy doctor can usually clear up any confusion, some patients prefer to let a bug clear up on its own. The allergists at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia encourage patients to make responsible and informed decisions about their health.

Below are a few signs that can help you determine the severity of your sniffles and when to visit your Smyrna/Vinings allergy doctor:

  • Symptoms like runny nose, sinus congestion, cough, or watery eyes that last longer than three months.
  • Chronis sinus infections, nasal congestion, or difficulty breathing.
  • Allergy symptoms that occur at the same time every year, or seem to last year round.
  • Allergy symptoms that interfere with daily activities.
  • Over-the-counter medications no longer control allergy symptoms, or are causing negative side effects.
  • Exposure to specific materials, like pollen or laundry detergent, causes allergy symptoms to reappear.
  • Frequent or recurrent skin rashes that may or may not itch.
  • Hives or swelling, especially if in relation to an insect sting or animal bite.
  • Any evidence of a food allergy, mild or severe.
  • Asthma that isn’t responding to medication.

If you experience wheezing or difficulty breathing, chest pain and tightness, swelling of the lips, tongue or mouth, or any other symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, seek immediate medical care.

A visit to a Smyrna/Vinings allergy doctor can confirm that you have allergies and help you identify a list of triggers in your home or environment. Your Smyrna allergy doctor can also develop a treatment plan to help you reduce the allergy triggers in your life. A treatment plan might include allergy shots, allergy medication or allergy drops to help you control your symptoms and stop an allergic reaction before it starts.

Smyrna/Vinings Allergy Doctors | Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia

The Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia is an experienced medical practice full of talented Smyrna/Vinings allergy doctors. Our high quality medical staff is trained and familiar with the unique Georgia allergies that affect patients in the Atlanta area. We work with patients to develop a treatment plan that addresses their respiratory needs and doesn’t interfere with their lifestyle.