Allergies - Frequently Asked Questions
I think I have grass allergies. What can I do to minimize the symptoms?
Millions of people suffer with grass allergies and an endless cycle of symptoms and frustration. Common symptoms of grass allergies include: cough, sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, congestion, and itchy, watery eyes. Staying indoors to avoid pollen and staying away from conditions that stir up pollen (like fresh cut lawns) and planning outdoor activities later in the afternoon when grass pollen is lower can help manage allergy symptoms. Allergy testing and immunotherapy treatments offer a permanent solution for those who suffer from seasonal allergies.
How do I avoid a reaction to pollen?
Pollen is the most common cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever. Trees, grasses and weeds produce powdery granules of pollen that easily blow with the wind, which can trigger an allergic reaction. Stay indoors during high peak times, such as in the morning. If you are outdoors for a long period of time, shower and change into new clothes when returning inside. If you have a furred pet, frequently bathe them to help keep the pollen from coming indoors. Make sure to always keep your windows shut. Use an air conditioner with HEPA filters, if possible, and do not hang your clothes or bedding outdoors to dry. If you are affected, immunotherapy can improve your immunity to allergies in addition to relieving symptoms.
What is mold, and how can it affect my health?
Mold is an organism that breaks down dead material to return nutrients to the environment. Mold can be found in moist, dark spaces and hot, wet climates. It can also be found on food. If you have allergy symptoms year-round, or they get worse in damp weather, you might be allergic to mold. Mold allergies can flare all year long, causing sneezing, runny/ stuffy nose, watery eyes or itchy eyes and throat, and cough. It can also worsen asthma symptoms. Immunotherapy is an effective option for long-term relief.
Can I be severely affected if I don’t treat my allergies?
Infections and inflammation occur if uncontrollable allergies are not treated. Some serious inflammatory problems include eczema, sinusitis and asthma. Other untreated symptoms can cause ear infections and sinus headaches. Moods are also affected by allergies. Anxiety and depression can be triggered from the lack of sleep and ongoing symptoms. It is important to seek treatment when symptoms are first noticed.
When do children develop allergies?
Allergic tendencies are often passed genetically from parents to children, although it can takes months or years for an allergy to develop after initial exposure. Each child has a certain amount of exposure that must occur before an allergen causes a reaction. In most cases, seasonal allergies to pollen and grass usually don’t begin until a child is about 3 or 4. Most children’s allergies will respond to over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants and prescription nasal sprays. However, we see many kids who don’t improve until they are treated with allergy immunotherapy.
Allergy Drops - Frequently Asked Questions
How do allergy drops work?
Low doses of allergens are placed under the tongue where they’re absorbed by the body. Over time, the body will build up a tolerance to these allergens, lessening or completely eliminating the allergic reaction.
Are allergy drops just as effective as shots?
Yes! They’ve been endorsed by the World Health Organization and many studies show that they’re just as effective as allergy shots.
Can I be on seasonal allergy drops and food allergy drops at the same time?
Yes. You just have to wait 20 minutes between the different types of treatment.
Are allergy drops safe?
Yes. Allergy drops are extremely safe. Unlike allergy shots, there have been no cases of severe reactions due to allergy drops.
Is there a chance of a severe reaction at home from taking the drops?
No. The allergens that go into the drops are extremely diluted and increase gradually over time. Because of this very low dose, the chance of having a severe reaction to the drops is reduced.
Can children get allergy tested and take allergy drops?
Yes! We test and treat children ages two and up.
What are the benefits of taking allergy drops?
- Safe & Effective - Allergy drops are just as safe and effective as allergy shots.
- Affordable - Allergy drops cost less than it would cost to take a daily over-the-counter allergy medication or nasal spray.
- Convenient - Allergy drops can be taken at home or on the go. No more taking time off from work or school to get an allergy shot!
- Pain-free - Allergy drops are painless and easy to take.
What insurance plans are accepted?
We accept most major health insurance plans, including Scott & White. We also accept Medicare and Medicaid plans.