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When the cold weather moves in and the sneezes and sniffles start, your first reaction is to grab the cold and flu medicine. But if this is your third or fourth “cold” of the season, chances are it isn’t the common cold at all, but instead, allergies.

During winter months, you spend more time indoors which means you are more regularly exposed to indoor allergens like dust mites, mold, and even your pets. Since the symptoms of indoor allergies are similar to cold symptoms it can be hard to determine from which you are suffering. Both can cause runny or stuffy nose, itchy eyes and throat, coughing, and fatigue, however, a cold usually only lasts for a few days whereas allergies can be ongoing.

Like a cold, allergies in most cases can be treated with over-the-counter medications. If your allergies are not responding to over-the-counter treatments, then you may have a more severe case. In this instance, it is best to consult an ENT specialist, also called an otolaryngologist. These doctors specialize in diagnosing and properly treating ear, nose, and throat problems including allergies.

If you live in the South Florida area and have questions regarding your allergies, contact Dr. Carreño. He has been serving the South Florida area with exceptional care since 2011 and will gladly address your ENT questions. Contact him today to set up a consultation.

This content is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a specific diagnosis or treatment plan. Always consult your doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have.