Taking Control During Allergy Season
Allergic reactions occur when your body has an immune response to a foreign substance, such as a food, medicine or animal.
If you have seasonal allergies, or allergic rhinitis, the trigger for your allergic reactions is pollen.
Seasonal allergies usually lead to nasal congestion, a runny nose and sneezing.
You may also experience wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath, and asthma attacks may occur if you do not treat your allergies.
A nose, ear and throat doctor, or otolaryngologist, can diagnose seasonal allergies with skin tests and blood tests.
Avoid pollen producers. Learn to recognize the ones in your region, and try to stay away from them.
Follow the pollen count. Weather services and allergy organizations publish pollen counts to indicate the amount of pollen in your area.
An ear, nose and throat specialist can definitively diagnose your allergies and provide strategies for minimizing your allergic reactions.