As spring approaches, your body may react to new allergens in your environment. An allergen is typically a harmless substance, yet sometimes allergens such as pollen, mold, or pet dander trigger your immune system to respond with an allergic reaction. During winter months, we have less interaction with allergens. During the spring and summer months, however, pollens from trees, grasses, and plants are released into the air as seasonal flora begins to flourish. Roanoke Valley ENT & Allergy treats allergy symptoms with a variety of testing and treatment options that fit your lifestyle.
Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies
Sometimes, our immune systems overreact to outdoor allergens. Roughly 7.8% of adults in the United States suffer from allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. Allergic rhinitis is a diagnosis of symptoms that affect the sinuses, typically symptoms occurring after breathing in an allergen. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, post nasal drainage, and watery eyes. Additionally, you may experience itchy nose, throat, eyes or ear canals. Less common symptoms might include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or headache.
Treatment of Seasonal Allergies
The best way to treat seasonal allergies is to try to avoid contact with allergens. Before you go outside, check the National Allergy Map for a current forecast of the pollen count in your locale. Limit your time outdoors if the pollen count is particularly high. Stay comfortable inside your home during allergy season by keeping doors and windows shut. Keep your hands, face, and hair clean. Washing out allergens will prevent allergic reactions from occurring while indoors.
If you cannot avoid allergens, consult Dr. Lenkowski for a treatment recommendation. There are several over-the-counter medications available for seasonal allergies, and he may also recommend prescription medication or nasal spray.
If you’re suffering from the symptoms of seasonal allergies and need guidance with a diagnosis and treatment plan, Roanoke Valley ENT & Allergy is ready to help! Board certified physician Dr. Paul Lenkowski has the experience, skills and dedication to help his patients overcome their allergies and live better! Contact us for an appointment at 540-968-7368 to get started.