Seasonal allergies may come and go, but while they last, patients are miserable from all the sneezing, itchy nose and eyes, and a never-ending runny or congested nose. The board certified allergists at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates can determine which allergen causes the problem, then help relieve your symptoms with medications or start you on allergy shots or sublingual drops. Call or schedule an appointment online to visit the doctors at any of their three locations in North Texas: Texas Health Dallas, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, and Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.
Seasonal allergies, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever, are allergies that develop during specific seasons of the year. If you notice symptoms at certain times of the year, chances are you have seasonal allergies. If your symptoms don’t seem so clear cut, you may be allergic to more than one seasonal allergen, or you could have perennial hay fever, which means symptoms last all year but get worse at certain seasons. If you have asthma and seasonal allergies, it’s important to know that seasonal allergens can trigger an asthma attack.
Seasonal allergies develop when your immune system interprets a substance that’s normally safe as something that’s harmful to your body. When you’re exposed to this substance, which is called an allergen, histamines trigger the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis. You may have sneezing, a runny or congested nose, an itchy throat, postnasal drainage and eyes that are itchy, red, and/or watery. Some people develop a cough and wheezing.
Each area of the country has different pollen seasons, but as a general guideline, these are the most common pollen allergens in each season:
Seasonal allergies can also be triggered by indoor and outdoor molds, which flourish in heat and high humidity and tend to stay airborne in the spring, summer, and fall. If you have perennial allergies, indoor allergens like dust, pet dander, and smoke also contribute to allergic reactions.
Try to avoid the allergen as much as possible. For example, try wearing a mask during outside chores. It also helps to remove clothes you’ve worn outside and shower right away to rinse away pollen. When pollen counts are high, take allergy medications before symptoms start. You may want to consider getting a portable air filter, vacuum often and be sure to keep windows closed during the seasons that trigger your allergies.
When avoidance and over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays don’t give you enough symptom relief, contact North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates. Our doctors can determine exactly which allergen is the culprit for your allergies and provide allergy shots or sublingual drops, which are placed under your tongue. Both can be used to desensitize your immune system, which helps relieve your seasonal allergies.
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