Environmental allergies are common, affecting over 8% of people in the United States. At Premier Allergy and Asthma, the expert team of allergists offers environmental allergy symptom relief at offices in Dublin, Westerville, Canal Winchester, Lancaster, Marysville, Delaware, New Albany, Hilliard, Grove City, and Grandview, Ohio. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to learn more about your options.
Environmental allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, cause allergic reactions when you’re exposed to allergens commonly found in the environment. Examples include pollen from trees, flowers, weeds, or grasses. Animal dander, dust mites, and mold are other environmental allergens that cause symptoms in some people.
If you experience the following signs and symptoms, you may suffer from environmental allergies:
Symptoms of environmental allergies range in severity from mild to severe. They may become worse during certain times of the year, especially in the spring. Complications of untreated seasonal allergies can include facial pain, fever, fatigue, severe nasal congestion, and headaches.
To determine which environmental allergens you’re allergic to, your allergist reviews your symptoms and medical history. They complete blood tests and skin prick tests. For example, they might lightly prick your skin with a wide variety of potential allergens. A red, raised bump on your skin indicates an allergy. Your doctor may also test you for asthma in addition to seasonal allergies.
To help prevent reactions associated with environmental allergies, your allergist might recommend one or more of the following treatments:
Making lifestyle changes helps alleviate environmental allergy symptoms. Examples include avoiding some outdoor areas during certain times of the year and reducing household exposure to mold, dust, and pet dander. Change air filters in your home regularly, and vacuum and dust often.
Taking prescription or over-the-counter medications in the form of oral medicines, nasal sprays, liquids, or eye drops can alleviate symptoms.
During immunotherapy, your doctor exposes you to tiny doses of specific allergens via oral routes or injections. They gradually increase the dosage over time to help your body build up a tolerance.
Don’t let environmental allergies negatively affect your everyday life when simple treatments are available. Schedule an appointment with Premier Allergy and Asthma over the phone or online to find out which allergy treatment is right for you.