Relief for Your Spring Allergies and Asthma Symptoms
Spring is here in Georgia! If you suffer from spring allergies, you can breathe a little easier if you know how to take control of and treat your allergies. Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia is here for same-day appointments to help with the treatment of your allergies.
Keep reading to learn how we can help you manage your symptoms, so you can live life in full bloom this season.
Asthma and Your Allergies
When springtime flowers bloom, many people suffer severe asthma symptoms. Asthma is an inflammatory disease, which causes a person’s airways to become extremely sensitive to various allergens. When exposed to certain allergies, the following can occur in their airways:
- The lining can become inflamed and swollen.
- The muscles surrounding the airways begin to tighten.
- Mucus production increases.
Unfortunately, these symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, especially for young asthmatic individuals, such as children. In fact, the American Lung Association reports that 7.1 million children under 18 years old suffer from asthma. In addition, roughly 4 million children experience asthma attacks every year.
Because asthma attacks, in their severest forms, can be fatal, it is crucial that parents and other adult loved ones of children are able to identify symptoms. The key to reducing your asthma attacks is to treat and manage your allergies.
Reducing Your Exposure to Environmental Allergens
If you suffer from spring allergies, it can feel impossible to avoid coming in contact with pollen, grass, and other environmental substances that can heighten your symptoms. Use these tips from our board-certified experts at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia to limit your exposure to outdoor allergens:
1. Keep an Eye on the Weather
The worst time to venture outside during allergy season is when it’s windy; allergens can be carried with a gust of wind and heighten your symptoms. The best time to head outdoors is after heavy rain when pollen and other allergens have been washed away.
2. Track High-Pollen Hours
Check the pollen count in your area daily when you know you’ll be outside for an extended period of time. Typically, the pollen count is at its highest during the day — between 10 AM and 5 PM. So, limit your time spent outside between these hours.
3. Wash Your Body and Clothes When You Get Home
It’s just as easy for pollen to bother you indoors as it is outdoors — this is because small environmental allergens can linger on our hands and clothes when we return home. Once inside, be sure to wash your hands, face, and put on a new set of clothes to avoid tracking these allergens throughout your home. Avoid sitting on couches or laying down in bed in the clothes you went outdoors in.
4. Make Sure Your Home is as Allergy-Free as Possible
Sometimes, your home can be the worst place to spend time if the area is not kept allergy-free. Here are some tips to help keep your home clean:
- Keep windows and doors closed.
- Ensure you, your family members, and your guests remove footwear before entering the home.
- Make sure carpets and floors throughout your home are vacuumed regularly.
5. Build Up Your Immunity With Allergy Treatments
Though you may try to avoid substances that cause your spring allergies to flare up, if you venture outdoors, you may still come in contact with allergens. You can reduce your allergy symptoms this spring by speaking with one of our highly qualified board-certified doctors about the possibility of allergy shots or allergy drops. With these treatments, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors with fewer symptoms.
Treating Your Spring Allergy Symptoms at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia
Immunotherapy exposes the patient to small doses of an allergen, in turn building up your immune response and making you less sensitive to it. This can be particularly effective for patients that want to reduce their symptoms to spring environmental allergens.
If you find your symptoms acting up this season, our board-certified specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia recommend the following treatments:
Allergy Shot Treatments
At Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, our allergy shot treatments are directed by our board-certified, highly experienced allergists. As a result, our allergy shot treatments reduce allergy symptoms by 80-90% for most people.
Allergy shots provide long-term relief for Atlanta area patients who suffer from a variety of indoor, seasonal, and insect allergies, as well as common conditions such as asthma, recurrent and chronic sinusitis, and eczema.
Allergy Drop Treatments
Our specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia recommend allergy drops for patients who are allergic to outdoor allergens like grass, ragweed, and tree pollens. Also known as sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), allergy drops come in either a tablet or liquid form and are taken orally.
Book Your Same-Day or Next-Day Appointment With Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia Today!
If you are suffering from spring allergies let our allergy team at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia help you find immediate and lasting relief. We will help you get better this spring and help develop a program to keep you well and free of allergy-related problems.
Our services don’t just stop at allergy testing and treatment. There are many other conditions that develop alongside allergies, including:
- Sinus conditions.
- Skin conditions (such as eczema).
- Gastrointestinal conditions.
- Immune deficiency disorders.
Contact us at (770) 459-0620 or visit us online to book your appointment.