Understanding Seasonal Allergies
As the weather improves during the spring, many individuals are excited to get back outdoors again. However, patients with seasonal allergies may dread the springtime because of a spike in outdoor allergies and triggers. Seasonal allergies impact many children and adults, and with a proper diagnosis, many patients can find a treatment that works best for their unique needs.
What are seasonal allergies?
Seasonal allergies are best describes as allergies triggered by the outdoor environment due to high levels of pollen. Pollen from trees, grasses, and other plants can spread through the air. When a patient has an allergy to the pollen in the air, they may experience the symptoms of allergies, including:
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Dry throat
When a patient visits with a professional to get tested for allergies, they will be able to narrow down the specific plants they are allergic to. By pinpointing the exact allergen, patients can then follow pollen counts in their area to determine if they will have a flareup of allergies. Knowing the allergens a patient is allergic to will greatly improve their quality of life. Once determined, patients work with their doctor to determine the best medications to take when the pollen counts of their allergen are high in their community.
What are some plants that patients may be allergic to?
There are many different plants that can cause allergies, and the primary types include:
- Hay fever
In addition to outside, seasonal allergies, patients may still experience allergy problems during the winter when pollen counts are at an all-time low. This is because many patients have allergies to indoor allergens including pets, dust mites, and even certain live Christmas trees brought into the home. Patients can reduce their reaction to many of these indoor allergies by not only avoiding them if possible, but vacuuming the carpets regularly and running a HEPA air filter.
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We have a wide selection of doctors available at our practices located in the areas of Neptune, Holmdel, and Manahawkin, NJ and welcome new patients to book a consultation visit with our providers today. We can be reached at (732) 280-7855 to schedule a visit to any of our three convenient offices.