Hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, is a problem that over 35 million people in the United States battle with each spring. For people with allergies, the body’s immune system identifies the allergen, most commonly pollen or mold, as an invader to the body’s system. In reaction to the invasion, the body produces antibodies, which travel to the cells that release chemicals, which is the allergic reaction that you experience when you sneeze and sniffle outdoors.
Pollen is the small cells that plants produce for fertilization. Most plants release pollen around the same time each year, so when you are allergic to a specific type of pollen, you will find your allergies flaring up on a fairly predictable schedule. The normal pollinating season in Georgia runs from February to October.
Mold is a type of fungus that releases spores into the air, much like plants release pollen. The spores travel to allow the mold to spread. Mold found indoor can happen any time during the year, but outdoor mold is at its peak during the hot, humid days of the summer in the Atlanta area. July is often the worst month for those that suffer from mold allergies.
Preventing Allergies and Sinus Infections.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, relief is possible. An allergy consultation can help pinpoint what causes your allergic reactions. Once the cause is determined, a treatment plan can be determined so that you can enjoy your spring and summer without the worry of sinusitis, sinus pressure, sinus pain or sinus infection.
Ramie A. Tritt, MD, President of Atlanta ENT