Seasonal allergies can take a toll on you each year. The sneezing, watery eyes, fatigue are just a few of the symptoms that can make us miserable each Spring. But seasonal allergies aren’t the only ones that cause us to suffer. There are dust mites, pets, and mold just to name a few of the year-round culprits. So how do you know when to put down the antihistamine and go see an allergist for help?

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, if your symptoms occur several months out of the year, your allergies are causing recurrent sinus infections, over-the-counter medications aren’t helping you, and/or your symptoms are interfering with your daily life, it may be time to see an allergist. Here’s what to expect:

  • First, aside from taking a medical history, your doctor can perform tests to determine exactly what you’re allergic to. These tests range from blood tests to skin tests.
  • Once you know the full gamut of your allergies, your doctor can come up with a personalized treatment plan, either via immunotherapy or medication.

Be sure to check with your insurance company before making an appointment to ensure both the specialist you’ve selected is covered. Once you review a treatment plan with your doctor, you’ll want to verify your coverage for those as well.