During this unique time and managing patients thru COVID-19, seasons still present the same allergy concerns!
We’re here to help offer relief and peace-of-mind!
As any North Texan can attest, spring and summer usher in an array of horrible allergies to our area due to the high level of pollen produced by trees, flowers, grasses, weeds and other plants. In fact, research by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation reveals that Dallas ranks as the 23rd worst city in the country for allergies!
Seasonal allergies can wreak havoc on the outdoor activities– and that are so important to your wellbeing.
What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies?
Seasonal allergies can cause a wide array of symptoms, including:
- Persistent stuffy and runny nose
- Sinus pressure that may cause facial pain
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Scratchy throat
- Persistent coughs, sneezing and/or wheezing
- Increased asthmatic reactions
How do you determine the causes of seasonal allergies?
Our allergy specialists offer the safest and most state-of-the-art testing to determine the cause of your allergies. Following are two common tests we utilize:
- A skin test in which a drop of purified liquid form of the allergen is dropped onto your skin, followed by a slight skin prick. If you react to the allergen, the skin will swell a bit in that area.
- A skin test in which a small amount of allergen is injected just under the skin. This test, when positive, will result in a small lump surrounded by a reddish area at the injection site.
What are the most effective treatments for seasonal allergies?
We offer several proven treatments for seasonal allergies, depending on how severe the symptoms are. Once we determine the allergens, some people can get relief by simply reducing or eliminating exposure to the allergens that bother them.
Additional treatments and recommendations may include:
- Keeping indoors when the pollen/mold/weed counts are especially high. It’s also helpful to keep the windows closed and wash their hands or shower/change immediately after being outside.
- When reduced exposure isn’t possible or is ineffective, there are medicines we may recommend, including decongestants, antihistamines, and nasal spray steroids.
- If symptoms can’t be managed with medicines, we may recommend allergy shots (immunotherapy), which can aid in desensitizing you to specific allergens.
Contact us today!
If you are showing any of the persistent symptoms of seasonal allergies, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to get tested. Our goal is to literally nip the allergies in the bud and help you enjoy the great outdoors like you want, need and deserve!