Do you experience sneezing, coughing, runny or itchy eyes and nose during certain times of the year? You may have seasonal allergies. We know these symptoms can be difficult to manage and live with and we are here to help. Our allergists can not only help you manage the symptoms, but actually help stop them all together in many cases.
Common causes for seasonal allergies include mold and tree, grass, and weed pollen. In our area, Spring allergies typically begin in February and last until early Summer. Tree pollination happens first, followed by grass pollination. Ragweed is the most common cause of seasonal allergies in the fall. There are many other varieties of plants that cause seasonal allergy symptoms.
Allergy testing is an important tool to knowing what the cause of your symptoms may be. Once you are armed with that information, you can avoid the triggers. Here are a few other ways you can help reduce the symptoms associated with seasonal allergies:
- monitor pollen and mold counts
- keep windows and doors shut during peak allergy seasons
- avoid time outside at peak times pollen may be present
- take a shower and change your clothes after working or playing outsite
- wear a filter mask while mowing the lawn or performing other outdoor chores
One of the most effective ways to treat seasonal allergies is with immunotherapy, or allergy shots. These shots expose your body to increasing doses of your known allergen so your body gets used to them and does not react with the same symptoms as before.