Spring is in the air, and so are seasonal allergies. The CDC reports that over 19 million adults were diagnosed with seasonal allergies within the last year. But you don’t have to suffer. With proper treatment, patients can find relief from allergy symptoms.
Q: What are seasonal allergies?
Seasonal allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to an irritant in the environment, like pollen, mold spores, pet dander, dust mites or another substance.
Typically, pollen triggers spring allergies. The pollen attaches to the nose and throat lining, causing irritation. Then, the immune system creates antibodies to attack the intruder. The reaction causes seasonal allergy symptoms, like a runny nose and watery eyes.
Q: What are common seasonal allergy symptoms?
Spring allergies produce several common symptoms. However, many of the symptoms mimic a cold, COVID-19 or other illnesses. Visit your healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis.
Common symptoms include:
- Runny nose
- Irritated skin
- Watery eyes
- Sinus congestion
- Throat irritation
Q: What are the best ways to treat seasonal allergies?
Finding the proper allergy prevention and treatment can reduce the impact of symptoms and disruption to your daily routine. Consider making the following options to lessen your allergy symptoms.
- Avoid outside activities during peak pollen times
- Keep windows closed to block pollen from entering
- Use an air purifier to clean the air and improve indoor air quality
- Talk to your healthcare provider about taking over-the-counter allergy medication
- Ask your doctor about allergy shot treatments
Q: How do doctors diagnose allergies?
Healthcare providers evaluate your symptoms and consider your health history. Then, they may use testing to rule out other illnesses. Allergy tests can also provide information about what elements cause a reaction for patients. With the right support and compassionate care, your doctor can recommend a treatment plan to address allergy symptoms.
Dr. Jonathan Goss is the Founder and President of Emergent Testing and EmergentNOW. He is a native of Houston, Texas; a graduate of Morehouse College, Emory School of Medicine, a former resident student at Ohio State University School of Emergency Medicine; and a doctor turned entrepreneur. Dr. Goss believes in compassionate and accessible medicine, which led him to build an innovative healthcare solution. Dr. Goss’ passion for helping others is visible in every aspect of care offered by Emergent Testing and EmergentNOW.