Treatment for Chronic Allergies in Alpharetta
Did you know that chronic allergies are the most common health issue in the US? More than 50 million Americans experience various types of allergies each year, with pollen being one of the most widely reported -- affecting 81% of Americans.
If you’ve been feeling like your allergies are getting worse, you’re not alone. According to an article in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, allergy season may be growing particularly more uncomfortable for the people of Alpharetta, Georgia, an area that is experiencing an unprecedented increase in tree pollen. The allergist who conducted the study, Dr. Stanley Fineman, says of the increase, “What we’re seeing, over the last 10 years, is that the season’s getting longer, particularly because it’s getting a little warmer earlier. So we’re seeing a longer pollen season, and it’s partially because of the warmth.”
Another common chronic allergy that may be exacerbated by Alpharetta’s longer sunny seasons is airborne mold spores. For those affected, both pollen and mold spores can lead to a condition called allergic rhinitis, better known as hay fever. When you think of hay fever, you might think of sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, or watery eyes. Those symptoms can certainly take a toll on you, and below we list four other ways your chronic allergies may be impacting your life (and how the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia can help).
4 Ways Chronic Allergies May Be Affecting Your Life
#1: When You Don’t Know What the Problem Is, You Can’t Fix It.
As humans, it is our natural instinct to solve problems, particularly ones that occur in our own bodies. The problem with chronic allergies is that oftentimes the source of your pain is unknown, and you might be coming into contact with it every day without even realizing it.
Some allergies are seasonal, like pollen and mold spores, while others cause issues year-round. Most other chronic allergies come from one of the following sources: drugs, food, insects, latex or pets. Our board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia can help identify the allergic triggers specific to you. Plus, we provide individualized care and treatment plans for each patient because we know that no two allergies are alike.
#2: You Might Be Confusing Allergies with Other Serious Issues, and Nobody Wants That.
People who exhibit major symptoms of allergies may be more likely to contract other sicknesses as well. This is because when you have an allergic reaction the mucous lining of your eyes, nose and throat becomes irritated and more vulnerable. Some allergic reactions present as skin conditions as well, which are not only uncomfortable, but can be confused with other ailments.
To make matters worse, at a time when anxieties are already high, the last thing you need is to add more worries to your plate by leaving symptoms untreated and yourself unsure of their cause. Our board-certified allergy specialist offers customized treatments to reduce these worrisome symptoms.
Within six months of treatment, our patients tend to report experiencing 80-90% improvement in symptoms and, oftentimes, they report 100% improvement. Making an appointment with one of our allergists is quick and easy, but the relief you’ll feel having one less health issue to worry about is priceless.
#3: Over-the-Counter Allergy Medicines Bring a False Sense of Hope, and They Just Don’t Cut It.
According to a national survey conducted by Allergies in America, 37% of allergy sufferers change their nasal allergy medicines at least once every few years because they aren’t satisfied. A common complaint from those who use over-the-counter treatments is that they work initially, but over time lose their effectiveness. Some medicines, such as certain nasal decongestant sprays, can actually make congestion and inflammation worse with long-term use.
At the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, we work directly with you to manage your symptoms and create a treatment plan that will improve your quality of life, not worsen it. We also offer comprehensive, lifestyle-centric advice that can help you overcome allergies the natural way. For those not responding to traditional treatments, we also offer biologics to target specific areas of the immune system and prevent inflammation.
#4: Allergic Reactions Can Be Serious or Minor, but They All Prevent You from Enjoying the Little Things in Life.
Taking a breath of fresh summer air, dining at your favorite restaurant, facing your day head-on without worrying about a skin condition… these are all basic joys that allergies take away from us. While struggling with allergies is very common, we know that it is very personal as well, and we do not take the trust of our patients lightly. One of our patients says of the Center, “The very last appointment I had a few days ago, the nurse was very sensitive to me. She even gave me a hug and told me everything was going to be alright. I’ll never forget it, because she really made things a lot better for me.”
You might think that seeing an allergist will only make your allergies a bigger focus. We totally understand that you would rather think about anything else. Our goal is to take your focus off of your allergies so you can get back to enjoying your life – every breath of it.