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Your Health: When allergies turn severe

When severe allergies are left untreated, they can turn into sinus infections. When severe allergies are left untreated, they can turn into sinus infections.

Grass and tree pollens have many of us dealing with seasonal allergies, but left untreated, allergies can become much more than just a nuisance.

16-year-old Elizabeth Castro allergies are becoming too much for her to handle.

"I just feel awful. My eyes just itch really badly. You know, my sinuses are all messed up.  I just feel awful," she said.

She says, on occasion, her allergies have turned into a sinus infection. 

"I usually have a fever.  It doesn't really affect your eyes as much, but it just effects your breathing and or how you sleep, how you feel," Castro said.

She's being tested to see what her specific allergies are.  The pinpricks contain known allergens and her reaction will help her doctor with treatment.  Dr. K. Rao Allamneni says it is all necessary because untreated severe symptoms can get worse.

"It can lead into sinus infections.  Sometimes those sinus infections can be serious, depending upon the sinuses that are involved.  It can lead to brain abscess.  The other thing, too, allergies also trigger asthma," said Dr. Allamneni.

He says prevention is key.

"It's better to do something before the onset of the spring," he said.

By taking action early, you can prevent an allergy from becoming something much more serious.

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