How to Nip Your Spring Allergies in the Bud

How to Nip Your Spring Allergies in the Bud

Seek Relief for Your Spring Allergy Symptoms at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia

Spring is in the air — and so is the pollen, which can be bad news for allergy sufferers. Keep reading to learn how our specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia can form a personalized plan to treat and improve your symptoms. Contact us to book a same-day or next-day appointment, as well as to learn about our telemedicine services.

Spring Allergy Symptoms

For most of us who suffer from allergies, we’re used to experiencing a runny nose, scratchy throat, and itchy eyes. However, here are a few more severe allergy symptoms that may require treatment:

Sinus Infections

When nasal and sinus passages become congested, they can swell and become inflamed in an attempt to remove inhaled particles such as pollen, dust, pet dander, and mold that can trigger an allergic reaction. When allergies cause this response, the condition is commonly referred to as allergic rhinitis.

If you’ve felt pressure in your nose and near your temples, you’ve likely experienced trouble with your sinuses. While many patients typically assume their sinus problems are related to a cold, many sinus conditions are caused by an allergic reaction — especially after being exposed to outdoor allergens.

In our Metro Atlanta offices, we treat many sinus conditions, including:

  • Sinusitis / Allergic Rhinitis: Inflammation of the sinuses and nasal cavities. Yellow or green nasal discharge is also common, as well as tenderness around the eyes, cheeks, nose, or forehead.
  • Chronic Sinus Infections: Repetitive inflammation or obstruction of the sinuses.
  • Sinus Headaches: Pressure in the sinuses, which causes headaches.

If you believe you have a sinus infection, speak with one of our specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Allergy-Induced Asthma

If you’ve been around a friend or family member’s pet or taken a walk outside during spring, and shortly after experienced wheezing and tightening in your chest, you’ve likely experienced allergy-induced asthma.

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.

Only a doctor can confirm a diagnosis of allergy-induced asthma. At Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, our board-certified specialists typically perform a skin or blood test, which can help determine if your year-round or seasonal allergies are triggering your asthma symptoms.

Reducing Your Exposure to Allergens

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. Use these tips to keep your symptoms at bay:

1. Track High Pollen Hours

While the worst time to be out during the spring is when it’s windy, pollen counts are typically at their peak between 10 AM and 5 PM. So, limit your time spent outside between these hours.

2. Wash Up When You Come Home

Though you’re probably more likely to wash your hands now more than ever to eliminate the spread of viruses, washing up after returning home from the outdoors can help reduce the spread of allergens in your home. When you come in from outside, take a shower, wash your hands and face, and be sure to change your clothes.

3. Build Up 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 treatments.

Treatments for Spring Allergy Sufferers

For those who suffer from allergies, finding the right treatment plan to manage and prevent their symptoms can be difficult. Here are some options our specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia recommend:

Allergy Shot Treatment

At Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, our board-certified specialists are highly-effective at using allergy shots to treat patients with allergies and related conditions.

Also known as immunotherapy, allergy shot treatments offer long-lasting relief from a variety of problems related to year-round and seasonal allergies. They can also reduce issues related to allergy-induced asthma.

Our immunotherapy program is directed by our board-certified, highly experienced allergists. As a result, our allergy shot treatment program reduces allergy symptoms by 80-90% for most people.

Allergy Drop Treatment

While many of our patients at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia are prescribed allergy shots, others prefer to use allergy drops, which are a safe and reliable long-term alternative. Immunotherapy exposes the patient to small doses of an allergen, in turn building up your immune response and making you less sensitive to it.

Allergy drops come in either a tablet or liquid form taken orally. These drops are administered at home, which cuts the hassle of routine visits to the office.

Allergy Specialists in Metro Atlanta

At Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, our highly-qualified medical team provides diagnosis and treatment of chronic asthma, allergies, and sinus conditions. Speak to one of our Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia board-certified allergy specialists about the possibility of allergy drops or shots to find relief for your seasonal allergy symptoms.

Our board-certified doctors understand that these conditions may cause severe discomfort and offer a no-wait appointment policy that ensures you receive immediate care.

Schedule your same-day and next-day appointments with Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, and take advantage of our telemedicine services to avoid the hassle of coming into the office! Our team of board-certified allergy specialists will discuss your options and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. Contact us at (770) 285-5200 or visit us online to book your appointment.