Allergy Season is Here

Spring is here and with all those beautiful flowers comes the pollen allergy season. The season lasts from now until the first frost. Trees, grasses, and weeds pollinate in succession during this time. An individual can be allergic to any or all of these.

But what does it mean to be allergic? Allergic reactions occur when an individual’s immune system is “overly and specifically sensitive” to a particular substance. Tree, grass, and weed pollens are the substances we are discussing during the pollen allergy season.

Allergic reactions can cause these classic allergy symptoms:

Non-specific symptoms that may be caused by allergies include

Treatment for pollen allergies falls into three categories:

These can all be purchased over the counter but the use of decongestant-containing medications should be discussed with your doctor and antihistamine eye drops should be discussed with your ophthalmologist if you have any eye disease.

If these strategies don't control your allergy symptoms, then it's advisable for you to contact our office.

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