Ah, Spring time! Now you can finally stop and smell the roses! Well, only if you’re not part of the nearly 1 out of 6 Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies. Here in West Texas, they’re getting pretty bad.
“Here we don’t have too much of a freeze in the winter time, so we do have year-round allergies,” said Dr. Stuart Abramson, an allergist-immunologist at Shannon Medical Center.
Some of the hallmark symptoms of allergies include sneezing, a runny nose, and congestion.
“Sometimes you’ll have itchy eyes along with an itchy nose,” added Dr. Abramson.
According to Dr. Abramson, while most develop allergies as children, they can appear at any age.
“The test for allergies includes either a blood test or a skin test,” explained Dr. Abramson.
A good at-home treatment for allergies is a nasal salt water rinse, although Dr. Abramson does warn not to use tap water. There are also several over-the-counter antihistamines you can take to relieve symptoms. Nasal sprays are an option, although it is recommended that with these you consult with your doctor first.
“90-percent of my patients I can control medically. The other 10-percent need allergy shots to optimally get sympton relief,” Dr. Abramson told us.
Indoor allergies are also common, and quite uncomfortable. These include dustmites and animal dander. However, this doesn’t mean that if you suffer from indoor allergies you can’t have a furry friend around.
“Furniture like leather, vinyl, wood that you can wipe down would be preferred,” suggested Dr. Abramson.
This time of year, Dr. Abramson is seeing a high number of tree pollen allergy cases. So make sure you treat your allergies with over the counter medications, or go see a doctor if they are severe. Because having allergies doesn’t mean you have to live a miserable lifestyle.