Almost no allergy illness is as typical and aggravating for central Texas allergy suffers than hay fever. Hay fever is medically identified as allergic rhinitis and can hit instantaneously, bringing upon its’ victim cold-like side effects in less than an hour. If you periodically find yourself affected with hay fever symptoms then you are not the only one, as approximately 1 in 5 people who live in the United States experiences some degree of an allergic reaction to ordinary allergens.
Hay Fever Symptoms & Causes
Hay fever is typically associated with small specks of pollen that are expelled by trees, grasses and weeds in the environment - then dispersed into the atmosphere by wind. If allergen pollen is inhaled through the mouth or nasal passages, the immune system might react by initiating an allergic reaction that is meant to prevent intrusion and block entry into the body. A chemical called histamine is then formed in response, which might lead to hay fever symptoms such as: itching; sneezing; tightening of the throat; and loss of voice. Pet dander as well as mold are other kinds of allergens that are typical triggers for hay fever. Food allergy symptoms can consist of a rash, congestion, breathing complications, watery eyes, sinus pressure, or facial soreness. If your symptoms linger or get worse, your fever doesn't die down, you start to feel pain in your ear, or you experience a bloody nose, consult our allergists for an examination.
Diagnosis & Treatment
When you come into one of our central Texas allergy clinics for an initial visit with your doctor to discuss potential allergy issues you have - they will likely request to know about the symptoms bothering you, and administer either a skin prick or blood test to diagnose. Both tests can notify your allergist about which distinct allergens explain the response of your immune system. Various possible allergy treatment options exist for you to consider, depending on the intensity and nature of your hay fever. Possible treatment methods to address will depend on your situation, and these are: nasal decongestants, nasal allergy sprays, antihistamines and allergy immunotherapy shots or drops.
The optimum strategy in your battle against hay fever symptoms is to minimize your exposure to allergens to begin with. Some specialists in the field advocate steering away from dusts and other allergens as a child, though the effectiveness of this is debatable.
Give Central Texas ENT and Associates a call at325-646-9956 to learn more or have an appointment scheduled.