Oh how I wish I were talking about basketball. I am referring to what health care providers call the trio, the triad, the three amigos: allergies, eczema, and asthma. Yes these three conditions make people go mad in March. Trees are flourishing and flowers are blooming then pollen disperses in the air and the madness begins. Clinics, urgent care centers and medical offices are jam packed with patients wanting relief. Let me give you a breakdown of the three amigos:
Allergies aka seasonal allergies aka sinus problem aka allergic rhinitis is responsible for watery eyes, runny nose, postnasal drip and sneezing. These symptoms usually start in the morning and can often taper throughout the day. They are triggered by dust, pollen, perfume, smoke or any “allergen” that chooses to wreak havoc on your body. Over-the-counter treatments are very popular and often do the trick. So when treating your symptoms you must ask do I want to fall asleep in the next couple of hours? If the answer is yes then diphenhydramine aka Benadryl is right for you. Please take it at night or when you are not operating machinery. If you would to be alert, Claritin, Zyrtec, and Allegra are comparable options.
Eczema aka skin asthma aka allergic dermatitis has a couple of different disguises. You can develop large patches of dry skin usually in the creases of your arm and legs. Another popular disguise is smaller dry scaly patches of skin that can pop up almost anywhere. Resist the urge to scratch because you can develop hyperpigmented skin or open wounds and ultimately an infection. Common treatments are thick, creamy lotions or prescription topical steroids.
Last but not least, the gang leader…asthma. He has no aliases. We all know who he is and what he does best—he makes it difficult for people to breath. Wheezing is a common sound you will hear when a person is being attacked by asthma. Asthma attacks are triggered by some of the same things that cause allergic rhinitis and eczema, hence the triad. If you have one condition, the chances of you having all three is very likely. If you suspect you have asthma you should visit your healthcare provider. If you are having difficulty breathing you should get to the ER. Common treatments for asthma involve various types of inhaled steroids.
This information does not substitute that of your health care provider. Please visit your provider to find the right treatment plan for you.