Here at Plymouth ENT, we’re so excited that it’s finally June and summer is upon us! However, the warm weather and beach days are not always a piece of cake. Summertime allergies can cause severe symptoms for some folks, and can occasionally be just as bad as the spring and fall seasons. Furthermore, the symptoms are not always the run of the mill sniffling and sneezing, and can be a bit more serious if certain factors are in play. It is important to remember that anyone can get allergies and they can appear at anytime, so even if you haven’t had them in the past, be sure to get checked out if you experience and of the following symptoms along with your sniffles.
● Allergic shiners are dark circles under the eyes due to the inflammation of blood vessels beneath the delicate skin in the eye area because of congestion.
● A nasal crease is a line that will appear along the bridge of the nose as a result of rubbing the nose upward and downward to relieve congestion symptoms.
● Mouth breathing occurs when severe congestion occurs and causes rhinitis, which is associated with the development of consistent mouth breathing. Side effects of chronic mouth breathing include a higher, arched palate, an elevated upper lip, and occasionally even an overbite.
● An allergic face is a term used when nasal allergies cause the lymph nodes to swell and result in a tired or droopy appearance of the face.
Since summer allergies can sometimes be mistaken for colds, reactions to food or other treatments, be sure to check with an allergist if your symptoms are persistent and not going away with routine treatment. If you have any questions, give us a call at 508-746-8977 to schedule an appointment today!