Preventing and Treating Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies are caused by outdoor allergens, such as pollen, mold and grass. If you suffer from a spring full of sniffling and sneezing, there are a few tips that can help reduce your exposure, and symptoms, to seasonal allergens.

Weather and Location

You may think that moving to another area of the country will help you escape your allergy problems. Unfortunately, most pollens are found throughout the country. Also, if you are prone to allergies, you will likely find new allergens to react to when you travel.

Weather does play a role in the level of pollen, and thus how much your allergies bother you on any given day. Allergy symptoms tend to be less severe on rainy, cloudless and windless days. The hotter, drier and windier the weather, the more pollen travels through the air.

Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, it is important to schedule an appointment with an allergy specialist. Once the specific allergens have been identified, a treatment plan can be developed. Immunotherapy, or allergy shots, can help your body become more resistant to specific allergens, which can reduce symptoms and the need for medication.

Ramie A. Tritt, MD, President, Atlanta ENT

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