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Finding Relief from Seasonal Allergies

Woman sneezingWhether it's fall leaves or spring blossoms, seasonal allergies can send you into a tailspin of sneezing and coughing.

For people with seasonal allergies, the pollen in trees and grasses reacts with antibodies in the body, causing histamine and other chemical substances to be released. This causes various allergy symptoms.

A physician can determine during a physical exam if there are signs that point to allergies, such as the appearance of your nasal mucous membranes .

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, look beyond your symptoms to understand how lifestyle and environmental factors affect your wellbeing. They listen and partner with you to help you get healthy and stay well.

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Reducing Seasonal Allergy Risk

Because seasonal allergies are caused by pollen that exists in the air, they can be difficult to avoid, but not impossible. Pamela A. Georgeson, DO, an osteopathic allergist suggests minimizing your pollen exposure by:

  1. Keeping doors and windows closed, both in your home and when traveling.

  2. Avoiding mowing the lawn or going near freshly cut grass.

  3. Limiting early morning outdoor activity when pollen is usually emitted.

  4. Taking a vacation during the height of the pollen season to a more pollen-free area, such as the beach.

How do I treat my seasonal allergies?

While avoidance of pollen triggers is best, it is often not practical. Some of the most common treatments for seasonal allergies include over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants. Your physician may also prescribe steroid nasal sprays, which work to decrease inflammation, or administer allergy shots if other options do not work.



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