When I inquire about their nasal allergy symptoms, patients often wonder and ask, ” I came here for sleep apnea treatment. What does that have to do with allergies?”
Studies (Respir Med 2000, Sleep 2003) have also suggested that nasal congestion and symptoms are important reasons for abandoning PAP therapy or at least lead to poor adherence to PAP therapy.
The most scientific way to evaluate the allergy symptoms is to find out what you are allergic to by doing a simple and painless allergy skin testing using plastic bristles instead of needles. Once we determine the cause of your allergy symptoms then, we can discuss how you can minimize the exposure and thereby the symptoms.
You may have residual symptoms especially if you are allergic to dust, mold, or pet dander as these can be difficult to completely avoid. For these, taking allergy medications (Zyrtec or Claritin tablet, Fluticasone Nasal Spray, and Montelukast Tablet) can help.
For allergy symptoms refractory to the above treatment, immunotherapy (injecting dilute allergens into the skin on a weekly basis) can help.
If you alleviate your allergy symptoms, then it will be easier for you to use CPAP all night long, every night. Discuss these with your doctor or call us for an appointment.
Sleep Well, Live Well.
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