Seek Treatment for Your Spring Allergies Today
With winter ending and spring just around the corner, now is the ideal time to start controlling your seasonal. It’s important to receive treatment from our board-certified specialists as soon as possible. Here’s why:
How Early Do Spring Allergies Start in Georgia?
In Georgia, allergy season can start as early as January and linger into November, thanks to our warmer climate. However, February to the end of April brings the peak of unwanted springtime allergies that many allergy sufferers may not be able to control.
Though many of our schedules may have changed due to COVID-19, there’s a good chance that you’ll find yourself outdoors this spring. Whether that’s for a walk or just going outside to get the mail, it’s still possible for pollen to cause a flare-up.
Common Spring Environmental Allergens
Here in Georgia, an abundance of beautiful trees and flowers begin to bloom in the spring. This increase in pollen can contribute to the worsening of spring allergy symptoms. Some of the most common pollinating plants and trees to be mindful of include:
Indoor Allergy Flare-Ups
For many people, the majority of their winter is spent indoors — even in the spring months until the weather warms. Even then, many of us switch from using heating to cooling systems, which can hold indoor allergens that were never cleared from last season. If you wake up every day with the same symptoms, your furnace or HVAC could be the culprit.
Triggering your heating and cooling unit for the season tends to send many household allergens throughout your home’s air, including pollen, dust, pet dander, and other particles.
If your air ducts have leaks, or the filters on your air conditioner or heater are clogged or dirty, it can cause the air in your home to be full of pollutants. You should have your heating and cooling system maintained at least twice a year — especially before your spring allergies hit. Keeping your air filters clean is one of the best ways to cut down on allergens in your home. Ensure that you’re installing filters that are best for people with allergies, such as fiberglass filters.
In addition to the itchy eyes and stuffy nose that may accompany your springtime allergies, you may also notice your asthma symptoms worsening. Unfortunately, these symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, especially for younger asthmatic individuals.
Studies show that allergy-induced asthma is the most common asthmatic condition in the United States, and 60% of people with asthma suffer from allergy-induced symptoms. In their severest forms, asthma attacks can be fatal, making it crucial for patients to identify their symptoms and work with their allergist to find a treatment plan that works best for them.
Asthma Treatment at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia
With proper treatment through inhalers and other medications, our board-certified asthma specialists at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia can:
- Minimize the occurrence of daily symptoms to fewer than 2 times per week.
- Reduce the need for rescue medications.
- Minimize asthma-flare-ups.
- Reduce days lost from school or work due to asthma symptoms.
- Improve the quality of life for all asthma patients.
COVID or Allergies? Diagnosing Your Symptoms
Though most people get allergies as children that last through their lifetime, it's possible to develop allergies at any age. No matter your age, leaving your allergies untreated can lead to daily symptoms like a runny nose, scratchy throat, and congestion. These are the same symptoms of COVID-19 — and not knowing if you are sick or not can cause anxiety.
With spring just around the corner, your undiagnosed or untreated allergy symptoms will likely act up. Allergy testing with our board-certified team at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia helps to identify the triggers of your symptoms to determine if you have allergies and what you’re allergic to. Knowing that you do not have COVID-19 will also help you carry on your day-to-day routine without the need for quarantining or canceling events. From there, we can offer a personalized treatment plan to help stop symptoms in their tracks, giving you peace of mind and relief.
Allergy Drops & Shots
You can reduce your chances of an allergy attack by wearing protective clothing, tracking pollen counts, cleaning your home often, and showering after spending time outdoors. However, to get ahead of your spring allergies, our board-certified specialists recommend starting treatments early to give your immune system time before the season kicks off.
For instance, allergy drops require about three weeks of buildup and then a daily dosage throughout the spring allergy season to be as effective as possible. This means the sooner you start treatment, the better.
Treat You Spring Allergies and Asthma Today at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia
Take control of your spring allergies today by contacting our board-certified team at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia to schedule your appointment at one of our local offices! We offer same-day and next-day appointments to best fit your schedule. Contact us online or over the phone at (770) 459-0620!