For seasonal allergy sufferers, now is the time of year for itchy watery eyes, sneezing, wheezing, nasal congestion, and even skin rashes. Most often triggered by grasses, tree pollen, molds, and weeds, allergy symptoms are an abnormal response of the immune system that causes a reaction to normally harmless things in the environment.
Allergies are very common. In fact, more than 20% of Americans are affected by some type of allergy. This time of year can be extremely miserable considering the amount of allergens in the air.
Patients with asthma can be greatly affected by seasonal allergies, sometimes causing serious breathing complications.
To help keep allergies under control limit exposure to allergens by keeping windows closed. Use air conditioning to keep humidity below 50%; this will help prevent mold growth. Consider wearing a mask when working or playing outdoors.
In addition, medications such as eye drops, antihistamines, decongestants, and bronchodilators can help relieve some of the worst allergy symptoms. If you’re suffering with seasonal allergies or you’re an asthma patient with breathing problems, there are many new treatment options available. To learn more about options that may work for you, give our office a call to schedule an appointment at 501-922-2217