Managing Your Seasonal Allergies
Seasonal allergies are often triggered by grass, tree, and weed pollen and mold. If you have seasonal allergies, you’ll likely notice that you develop symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, coughing, and sneezing at specific times during the year. Allergic rhinitis can reduce your quality of life and may even lead to missed days at work or school. However, there are ways of managing your symptoms. Consider making an appointment with an allergy doctor. He or she can diagnose your specific allergens and develop a treatment plan for you.
Reduce Your Exposure
Your treatment plan will use a multifaceted approach. First, your allergist will help you identify your triggers and learn how to reduce your exposure to your allergen. Check the weather report each morning to see what the pollen and mold counts are. If possible, cancel outdoor activities on days when the counts are high. When you must go outdoors, keep your car windows rolled up. Likewise, keep your windows shut at home. Enlist someone else’s help to do yard work or other outdoor chores. If this isn’t possible, use allergy medication as directed beforehand and wear a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mask while outside.
There are many medications available to help individuals with allergic rhinitis. Your allergy doctor might recommend an oral antihistamine, decongestant, or topical nasal decongestant. Nasal steroids and leukotriene modifiers are other options.
Some patients may be good candidates for immunotherapy. Your allergist can administer gradually increasing dosages of your allergen. This helps your immune system tolerate the allergen more effectively. You may receive immunotherapy injections at the allergy doctor’s office or administer drops under your tongue at home. Some patients may benefit from the oral allergy tablets.. It can take three to six months to see symptom improvement from immunotherapy.
The fellowship-trained, board-certified allergists and immunologists of Allergy & Asthma Specialists are available to help you manage your seasonal allergy symptoms. An allergy doctor at our premier practice can provide comprehensive diagnostic testing and state-of-the-art treatment options, including 3 types of immunotherapy. You can work with an allergy doctor in Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Pottstown, Collegeville, Jenkintown, Doylestown, and Lansdale. Schedule today online at AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH, option two.