Seasonal Allergies

It hardly seems fair. Just as the days start getting longer and warmer, and people have finally stopped spreading their flus and colds around the office, the misery begins all over again. Welcome to allergy season.

Management & Treatment

Every individuals symptons vary, but common symptoms are sneezing, itching, watery eyes, runny nose, and nasal congestion. Some people with allergies also have underlying asthma, which can cause them to also experience coughing, wheezing and chest tightness. The most common outdoor, seasonal allergies are tree, grass, and weed pollen, as well as ragweed, a plant that grows wild almost everywhere across the US. You may think you know that pollen is causing your suffering, but other substances may be involved as well. More than two-thirds of spring allergy sufferers actually have year-round symptoms. OBA allergists can help you find the source of your suffering and stop it, not just treat the symptoms. Many of the most common drugs are available without a prescription (over the counter); others, including some nasal, require a prescription. Here are some tips on how to manage your allergies
• Monitor pollen and mold counts
• Keep windows at home and on your car shut during allergy season.
• Take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes after you’ve been working or playing outdoors.
• Wear a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mask when mowing the lawn or doing other chores outdoors, and take appropriate medication beforehand.