Allergies are reactions of the immune system to substances that, in most people, cause no symptoms.
Contact with allergens can cause symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, headache, and more. Allergies affect more than 60 million people in the United States. It is the 5th most prevalent chronic disease in the U.S. among all ages, the 3rd most prevalent among children.
Here at Northeast Atlanta ENT (with locations in Lawrenceville and Johns Creek Ga.), we can test patients for allergies to dust, roach, cat, dog, molds, and a variety of grass, tree and weed pollens. In addition to environmental allergies, we can also test for a large number of food allergies.
Spring season is typically that time of year when everyone buys over-the-counter seasonal allergy medicine from their local pharmacy. Millions of people suffer from springtime allergies when all of the trees, flowers, and grasses begin to bloom.
Here are the most common allergens in the spring season:
trees (maple, poplar, pin, willow, elm, hickory, just to name a few)
grasses and weeds (Bermuda, orchard, saltgrass, redtop, just to name a few)
Much like springtime, sufferers also experience bad allergies in the summer. During the summer, most people suffer from grass and weed allergies, though.
Some of the most common summer allergens include:
weeds (ragweed, tumbleweed, sagebrush, pigweed, just to name a few)
grasses (sweet vernal, blue grasses, Bermuda, just to name a few)
Fall Seasonal Allergens
The cool, fall weather doesn’t give much relief to allergy sufferers. In fact, during the fall months, 30 million Americans suffer from symptoms related to pollen allergies—allergic rhinitis (or hay fever).
The major causes of fall allergies are:
weed pollen grains
mold spores (often found on damp, wet leaves outdoors)
Just because it’s wintertime doesn’t mean your allergies will go away. In some instances, if you’re allergic to pet dander, dust, or other common indoor irritants, you might experience allergy symptoms in the winter months. When you’re cooped up in your home for long periods of time, there is more exposure to allergens.
Some common winter allergies include:
other indoor allergy irritants
Mid- to Long-term Effects of Not Getting Treatment for Allergies
When people experience allergy symptoms, they want relief…fast. That’s a fact. Well what would happen if you don’t receive allergy treatment or take allergy medication?
Without proper allergy treatment, you’ll most likely feel groggy and tired for long periods of time— days, weeks, months. Imagine…all of those allergy symptoms you commonly experience— dry eyes, itchy eyes, watery eyes, sore throat, etc—following you throughout each and every day…and with no relief or signs of letting up.
That is essentially what you’ll experience without allergy treatment and/or medication. Instead of feeling that way, call either of our ENT offices to receive a proper evaluation and diagnosis, as well as effective treatment.
Once your allergies have been identified, you have treatment options such as allergy shots, allergy drops, or prescription medications. The goal of allergy shots and allergy drops is to retrain the immune system not to react to these antigens. These highly effective treatments often allow a patient to be free of both symptoms and medications at the end of treatment.
We have two offices in the North Atlanta area, and our team is dedicated to effectively diagnosing and treating your allergy problems. For more information, contact one of our offices today (Lawrenceville, Johns Creek) and find out how we can help you get on the road to a happier, healthier life and manage your allergies effectively.