How to Treat Seasonal Allergies

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Defeat Seasonal Allergies

After staying inside all winter, you’re ready to get outside and enjoy the warmer spring weather. Spring is a beautiful season with mild temperatures, colorful flowers, blooming trees, and the returning sun. 

But as soon as you decide to take up your daily walks around the park once again, allergies set in. You’re immediately greeted with watery eyes that blur your vision and a congested nose that makes breathing difficult. So, you opt to stay inside and miss out on all that spring has to offer. 

Or maybe in the fall, you’re ready to break out your sweaters and stroll through the botanical gardens under the changing, colorful trees. But once again, you start to feel that same familiar feeling — seasonal allergies. And once again, you choose to stay inside instead of dealing with the allergies that come with any outdoor activity.

Aren’t you ready to enjoy each season instead of suffering through them?

Well, here is your opportunity to finally put an end to seasonal allergies once and for all. Relief is in sight. When you finally find it, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty that comes with each passing season. 

Want to tackle seasonal allergies for good? Start by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Matorin

Awareness & Planning 

First things first — you have to know your seasonal allergies before you can take them on. While antihistamines are an all-encompassing short-term solution for seasonal allergies, you will accomplish more if you know what exactly is causing you trouble. 

Scheduling an allergy test is a good first step. Because once you know what pollen you’re allergic to, it’s easier to monitor outdoor levels of the allergen or take actions inside your home to reduce their presence

For example, if you’re allergic to ragweed, you can monitor the pollen count during the day using a weather application on your mobile device. Since most allergens will have a peak period in the season and peak times during the day, you can still be active when pollen is lower. 

Over-the-Counter Antihistamines

Ah, yes. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications. I’m sure you’re well familiar with OTC antihistamines like Claritin and Benadryl. And if your allergies are mild, these options may be all you need to treat seasonal allergies. 

But remember that with each allergy drug, there is a specific amount you can take in a day. And if you find yourself using them once a day for an extended period of time, it may be time to look for a better solution. 

Moreover, using OTC medications long-term can allow for more serious problems to go unnoticed while risking side effects from prolonged use of the drug.

After a while, OTC medications may not help you as much as they used to. If that happens and your allergies seem to be getting worse, it’s time to meet with a certified allergy specialist. Contact us to meet with Dr. Matorin. 

Immunotherapy

When awareness, additional hygiene practices, and OTC medications don’t work, a good option is immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a procedure that works to build up immunity to an allergen. Through small introductions of the allergen to your immune system, gradually, you can create a resistance to the allergen and reduce or eliminate symptoms. 

This treatment is customized to each individual patient. Beginning with two allergy skin tests, Dr. Matorin is able to determine the level of your allergy sensitivities. 

Many patients choose to perform their immunotherapy shots at home. But first, they must go through a detailed training and educational process to make sure the treatment is safe. This training process usually takes three office visits.

Once you are comfortable giving yourself the shots, you will be given a custom vial for weekly injections, along with dosing protocols. Patients return every 10 to 11 weeks for new custom vials to continue immunotherapy. 

Patients who are not comfortable giving themselves the shots are able to come into the office weekly to receive their immunotherapy treatment.

Dr. Matorin: Helping You Find a Permanent Solution for Your Allergies 

During your first visit with Dr. Matorin, we’ll discuss your allergy symptoms and history of allergies. Then, we’ll begin to devise a strategy that will help you find a long-lasting solution. 

Look, if there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s that seasonal allergies will always come back. Wouldn’t you prefer to have the best tools available to help you combat their pesky symptoms? 

Reach out to us at Dr. Matorin to put an end to seasonal allergies today.

 

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