My ears keep blocking up.
This drainage just wont stop.
My eyes just keep itching and running.
Ive got this ticklish cough that just wont go away.
These are some of the myriad of symptoms experienced by the allergy sufferers of East Tennessee. Further complications to allergy can include asthma flare-ups, sinus infections, ear infections and sleep disturbance to name just a few. And, of course, the situation is made worse by the fact that Knoxville (and its surrounding area) consistently ranks as one of the top cities in the country for allergies.
Estimates vary, but up to about 20 percent of the population suffer from allergies, and about 20 percent of allergy sufferers also have asthma. That doesnt even include a category called non-allergic rhinitis (rhinitis is the medical term for an inflamed runny nose). These folks have all the symptoms of allergy, but upon testing, come up negative. There are seven different types of non-allergic rhinitis and each is treated a bit differently from true allergy. We wont delve further into all that, but it is one reason why treatment of allergy symptoms isnt a one size fits all proposition.
The diagnosis of allergy often involves simply recognizing the symptoms and doing a trial ...