Ask the Expert: Allergies
Q: Lately, I’ve had a lot of sneezing and watery eyes, but I’ve never had allergies before. Should I see a doctor?
A: You may have a food, seasonal or pet allergy, or you may have something else entirely. If your symptoms do not improve with self-help steps like avoiding triggers, using a humidifier, air purification system or taking over-the-counter drugs such as antihistamines, it might be time to see your doctor. To pinpoint whether you have an allergy problem, and determine the best treatment regimen, your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and habits. Based on that information and your medical history, he or she may suggest a skin or blood test to help determine if you’re truly allergic to something you inhaled, touched or ate.
Randolph Holmes MD
15725 E. Whittier Blvd. Suite 400
Whittier, CA 90603