Hay fever is one of the most common problems we see. We also call it ‘allergic rhinitis.’ It involves the presence of allergic antibodies either year round, or seasonal antigens.
Year-round antigens would be dust mites, molds, or animals; while the seasonal antigens would be pollens, such as tree pollen, or fall weed pollens (like ragweed pollen).
When you are exposed to the antigen that you are allergic to, it causes the release of histamine and other inflammatory mediators. These chemicals cause you to sneeze, get stuffy or a runny nose.
The best way to deal with allergic rhinitis is to first identify the cause of the problem. We skin test to find exactly what things trigger you.
The treatment would include avoidance of anything that would trigger your symptoms and the use of medications, and if your symptoms are severe enough, the use of allergy shots.
The treatment of allergic rhinitis is usually very successful.
If you are suffering from hay fever symptoms, why not give our office a call to schedule an appointment? We have five convenient locations, flexible day and evening hours, we accept a wide range of insurance plans, and we’ll get you feeling better quickly.
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