Seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, affect more than 20 million American adults and 6 million children. If you or a member of your family suffers from seasonal allergies, the team at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic can help. They diagnose seasonal allergies and offer personalized treatment plans at their 13 convenient locations across state lines in Fremont, Oakland, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, San Mateo, and San Leandro, California; Clackamas and Gresham, Oregon; Bellevue, Fishers Landing, Longview, and Salmon Creek, Washington; and Eagle, Idaho. Call or schedule a consultation online today.
Seasonal allergies include allergies to all types of pollen. The condition is sometimes referred to as hay fever, which is a misleading name. The term hay fever emerged because seasonal allergy symptoms peak during the early autumn, during hay harvesting time.
However, while it is possible to be allergic to hay, the widespread symptoms are more likely to be due to the fine pollen released by grasses, trees, and weeds.
Your seasonal allergies may peak during the spring or autumn, or you may suffer from your symptoms all year. Ragweed is the most common cause of seasonal allergies, although other plants such as grasses and trees, and weeds such as pigweed and sagebrush, release pollen that triggers allergies.
Common symptoms of seasonal allergies include:
You may also experience headaches, wheezing, and shortness of breath because of seasonal allergies. If you have asthma, the pollen that triggers seasonal allergies can also exacerbate your symptoms.
The team at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic uses thorough allergy testing to identify the specific allergen that triggers your symptoms.
They use skin prick tests, patch tests, and intradermal tests to diagnose your particular allergies. The tests are all carried out with close supervision to ensure your safety.
Seasonal allergy treatment is typically two-pronged, including avoidance and desensitization. For example, once you know what allergens trigger your symptoms, you can take steps to reduce your exposure to them by keeping your doors and windows closed or limiting your time outside at certain times of the year.
You can also keep your shoes and jackets away from the main living area of your home and shower as soon as you come inside to wash away any lingering pollen.
Additionally, the team at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic provides innovative immunotherapy treatments to desensitize your immune system. Depending on your specific needs, they may offer oral, sublingual, or ultrasound-guided immunotherapy.
If your seasonal allergies are interfering with your health and quality of life, call Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic or make an appointment online today.