Allergies or Something Else?

Allergy season is in high swing. But while a runny nose, persistent cough, and skin irritation can often be chopped up to pesky allergies, they can also be symptoms of something else.

According to researchers at the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, allergies affect as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children. Because of their prevalence, however, many patients are quick to assume that their symptoms are the result of these environmental irritants. It is only when the symptoms persist that patients begin to suspect a different underlying cause.

Seasonal Allergies or Cold and Flu

Whether it’s seasonal allergies, a sudden flu or cold in disguise, determining the source of your symptoms is key to getting proper treatment and relief. With Akos, patients can discuss their symptoms via video consultation with a board-certified physician, who can then offer a differential diagnoses and prescribe treatment.

To help you decide whether your symptoms are allergen-based or indicators of something more serious, consider following:

Who, What, Where, When

If you notice that your symptoms reoccur during a specific time of year – say, in the spring when pollen counts are high – or even at a specific location – perhaps at the home of a friend who owns a cat – there is a strong chance that you’re dealing with allergies.

Try keeping a diary to track your activity and try to pinpoint the factors that trigger your symptoms. This includes the food or beverages you ingest, cosmetic products you apply, locations you visit, animals you encounter and, of course, the time of year you experience your symptoms. Once you identify your allergens, you’ll be better able to avoid them or take medication to preemptively treat them.

If, however, you feel that symptoms are occurring regardless of these environmental factors, the root case could be something else, and treating your condition with the wrong medication could be prolonging your symptoms – or even making them worse! That’s why speaking to a qualified doctor is crucial to ensuring that you receive accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Fortunately, Akos doctors are available 24/7, 365 days a year, and can help you get the answers you need within minutes from your smartphone or tablet. Download the Akos app today from the App Store or Google Play, and use offer code ALLERGY50 to receive 50% off your first physician consult.

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