Get the Jump on Managing Spring Allergies

With the spring season right around the corner, the outdoors will soon be in bloom. While many people are looking forward to the end of winter, the more than 50 million allergy sufferers across the country may not be as excited.

At More MD, family practitioner, John Moran, MD, and our medical team recommend getting a jump on allergies before the symptoms hit. We offer comprehensive allergy testing and treatments to make the spring season something to look forward to again.

Why spring is so bad for allergies

Spring is a time of renewal. As temperatures rise, the environment comes alive and allergies go into overdrive. When you have allergies, your immune system mistakenly identifies certain substances as harmful, even though they are considered dangerous to everyone. This reaction produces a variety of physical symptoms common with allergies, such as persistent sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes.

There are a number of triggers that are particularly evident in the spring.

Pollen

One of the most common triggers of spring allergies is pollen. During the months of spring, pollen counts are extremely high. It’s also important to note that pollen counts rise a bit more from one year to the next because of increased carbon dioxide levels and human influence.

Some examples of plants that release pollen in the spring include:

These plants tend to thrive during the warm days and cool nights of spring.

Rain

Spring rains can worsen symptoms for allergy sufferers. Not only do raindrops stir existing pollen up into the air, but they also encourage the growth of mold and new pollen.

While rains can temporarily tamp down pollen counts during the storm, it’s common for pollen counts to soar when the rain ends.

Humidity

As the days become more humid, molds can grow quickly, and any spring winds can put more mold spores in the air.

How to get ahead of allergies

A great rule of thumb in allergy prevention is to begin treatment well before the sneezing starts. Your More MD provider can recommend the right type of allergy treatment and the right time for you to start it to prevent severe allergy symptoms.

To fully understand the source of your allergy symptoms, More MD offers on-site lab services and allergy testing. During an in-office vision, your provider provides skin testing.

This type of test involves pricking your skin with small amounts of potential allergens to stimulate a reaction in your body and confirm a specific allergy. Typically, if you’re allergic to a certain substance, your body forms a red, itchy welt soon after the skin prick test.

Once certain allergens are confirmed or ruled out, your More MD physician customizes a treatment plan that may involve over-the-counter or prescription medications to manage existing allergies and prevent new symptoms. By starting these medicines two weeks prior to the height of spring pollen counts, you can effectively reduce the frequency and severity of your symptoms.

Consider the long-term benefits of immunotherapy

In addition to oral medications, More MD offers immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots. This type of treatment requires a series of injections of small amounts of known allergens just under the surface of your skin. Over time, this repeated exposure to allergens reduces your body’s sensitivity.

Ultimately, immunotherapy can effectively change how your body reacts to allergens and by completing the therapy, you may no longer experience allergy-related symptoms.

Now is the time to schedule allergy testing and get your treatment started. You can call More MD or request a consultation online today.

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