More than 8% of all children and adults know the misery of hay fever. While some suffer through seasonal symptoms, others struggle all year long. You can get relief from your hay fever symptoms by visiting the team at Premier Allergy and Asthma. To receive exceptional allergy care, schedule an appointment online or call one of the offices in Dublin, Westerville, Canal Winchester, Lancaster, Marysville, Delaware, New Albany, Hilliard, Grove City, and Grandview, Ohio.
Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, develops when your immune system overreacts and identifies harmless substances in your environment as dangerous. Every time you encounter that substance, your immune system triggers an allergic response, releasing chemicals such as histamine that cause symptoms.
You can develop two types of hay fever:
Seasonal hay fever is caused by plants, such as trees, grasses, and ragweed, that produce excessive pollen during specific seasons. Mold may also trigger seasonal hay fever.
You can also have hay fever all year long if you’re allergic to dust mites, pet dander, or cockroaches. In warmer climates, mold may also cause year-round allergies.
Hay fever symptoms primarily affect your nose and eyes, causing problems such as:
Many patients also experience postnasal drip.
Your Premier Allergy and Asthma provider reviews your medical history, paying close attention to your symptoms, when they appear, and how long they last. While this information may be enough to diagnose hay fever, you need a skin prick test to identify the exact substances that trigger your allergies.
During a skin prick test, your provider uses a small plastic device that applies a small amount of different allergens to your skin using a slight prick or scratch. Developing a skin reaction to one or more of the substances over the next 15-20 minutes indicates an allergy.
Your treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms. You may only need over-the-counter medications to relieve your symptoms and a plan to avoid your allergens. When your symptoms don’t improve, or if they’re already severe, your provider at Premier Allergy and Asthma may recommend immunotherapy.
During immunotherapy, you receive a series of shots containing your allergen. As the dose gradually increases, your immune system becomes desensitized and eventually stops reacting to the allergen.
The team at Premier Allergy and Asthma offers three types of immunotherapy or allergy shots: traditional, rush, and cluster. The differences between the three are the length of time it takes to achieve results and how long you need to get shots. Your doctor explains the differences and recommends an approach that’s best for your health.
If you need relief from hay fever, call Premier Allergy and Asthma or schedule an appointment online.