Posts for: May, 2016
Allergy sufferers dread it—the first uncontrollable round of sneezes, drippy eye or runny nose of the spring. It’s the first signal that allergy season has arrived and measures will need to be taken to keep the symptoms at bay. Some patients, unfortunately, let allergies keep them from enjoying the warm weather and sun, but that’s not necessary. Learn how you can manage allergy symptoms with the help of Manhattan-based ENT, Dr. Richard Nass.
What Are Seasonal Allergies?
Seasonal allergies are allergic reactions that are only triggered in certain seasons—usually spring and summer. When trees, plants, and flowers begin to release pollen into the air, it aggravates certain people who are sensitive to it. Freshly cut grass is also a common culprit that triggers the symptoms of seasonal allergies. The body reacts because it believes the pollen (also called an allergen) is a threat that needs to be removed immediately.
Luckily, there are allergy solutions available at Dr. Nass’ Manhattan office. One of the most common treatments for allergies is antihistamine medication (prescription or over the counter). Another solution is called “desensitization,” a treatment that uses immunotherapy techniques to calm your allergy symptoms over time. Your ENT can also help you determine exactly what is triggering your allergies, whether it’s a specific type of plant or something else in the air, like dust or pet dander.
More Allergy Tips
Here are a few tips for how you can best manage seasonal allergies in addition to your treatment plan:
- Keep track of pollen counts throughout the season so that you know what to expect when going outdoors for a long period of time.
- Try to make outdoor plans as early in the morning as possible, as pollen counts climb in the afternoon.
- Keep the windows and doors of your home closed when indoors.
- Wash up immediately after getting home from a day spent outdoors.
Let Dr. Nass Help You Manage Your Seasonal Allergies
You don’t have to hide yourself indoors all spring and summer long. Call the Manhattan office of Richard Nass, M.D. at (212) 734-4515 today to talk about treatment options for seasonal allergies.