Hay Fever

Girl with Hay Fever SneezingHay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is a condition characterized by an allergic reaction to plant pollen grains or some indoor substances. This allergic condition can occur throughout a season or the entire year, and is typically an inherited trait. You can find hay fever relief at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia, with multiple locations throughout Metro Atlanta.

Indoor Allergens

Those who suffer from perennial allergic rhinitis, or year-round hay fever, are typically reacting to indoor allergens, such as dust mites, feathers, animal dander, and mold.

Outdoor Allergens

Environmental factors and a range of outdoor allergens often cause allergic reactions, depending on the season:

• Spring allergies are often triggered by tree pollen.
• Summer allergies are usually caused by grass and weed pollens.
• In autumn, weeds, such as ragweed, are generally the culprit.
• Fungal spores can contribute to hay fever symptoms from late March through November.

Signs and Symptoms of Hay Fever

After coming in contact with an allergic trigger, the immune system reacts by flooding the immune system with various chemicals to trap the allergen. When this happens, allergy sufferers can experience many different symptoms, including:

• Itchy, watery eyes
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Postnasal drip
• Coughing
• Sinus congestion and pain
• Excessive or violent sneezing

At the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia, our board-certified Atlanta allergists work to diagnose allergic rhinitis accurately for our patients. We determine the cause of our patients’ allergic reactions by using several perfected techniques. Upon diagnosis, our allergy specialists work with our patients to develop a treatment plan.

Find Treatment for Hay Fever in Metro Atlanta

The board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia use a variety of diagnostic techniques to test for hay fever.

• Skin tests are the most commonly used, and involve various allergens being placed directly on the skin. This test produces results within 15-20 minutes.

• In other cases, intradermal testing might be used. This test involves allergens being placed directly under the skin. This test also produces results within 15-20 minutes.

• A third method is blood testing, which alerts doctors to increased antibodies following the introduction of certain allergens.

Our doctors work closely with patients in choosing which test will provide the best results, and determine which allergens trigger hay fever symptoms.

Visit a Board-Certified Allergist About Georgia Hay Fever

If you’re ready to step outside and breathe clearly every day of the year, call (404) 994-3574 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation with a board-certified allergist at any of our Metro Atlanta area locations.

The Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia has convenient locations throughout Metro Atlanta, including Alpharetta, Smyrna/Vinings, Newnan, Acworth / Kennesaw, Peachtree City / Fayetteville, Villa Rica, Carrollton and Douglasville. We have a no wait policy to ensure you receive care as soon as possible.