Seasonal Allergy Care in McKinney and Southlake
Here at TexasAllergyMD we offer comprehensive services for the diagnosis and treatment of seasonal allergies. Without effective allergy management and treatment, the symptoms of these allergies can cause significant discomfort and disrupt the normal rhythm of your life. The TexasAllergy team is here to help you overcome your symptoms and enjoy life more freely.
Seasonal Allergy Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosing seasonal allergies isn’t always a simple process. The first stage of treatment is clarifying the exact nature of your symptoms and what triggers them. We use a range of diagnostic approaches including skin prick tests, blood tests and nasal endoscopy.
Today there appears to be a rising number of seasonal allergy cases – this makes finding effective approaches for allergy sufferers more critical than ever. We use the following approaches in treating seasonal allergies.
Also known as immunotherapy, using allergy shots is a form of controlled exposure therapy. By introducing minute amounts of the allergen into the patient’s system, the body can develop improved immunity over time. This option is a long-term approach aimed at reducing or eliminating the symptoms.
Various medications can be used to treat or manage allergy symptoms. These include eye drops, antihistamines and nasal sprays. Our team will work with you to determine how to best suit your symptoms and lifestyle.
This approach is gaining popularity thanks to its convenience and effectiveness. This treatment uses a small tablet containing an extract of your allergen; the tablet will be placed under your tongue. In the same manner as allergy shots, sublingual immunotherapy can increase tolerance to the allergen over time.
Certain lifestyle choices may place patients at greater risk of encountering their triggering allergen. Our team will work with you to determine the nature of your allergy, and where you may be experiencing an increased risk of exposure. Combining air filters for home and vehicle, using masks, carefully choosing when to engage in outdoor activities (and so on) are examples of lifestyle changes that may be effective.
We’re dedicated to ensuring our patients can successfully overcome the challenges created by their seasonal allergies. Our team meticulously evaluates the results of diagnostic tests alongside our patient’s medical history, lifestyle choices and symptoms. Using this information, we can create a treatment plan that addresses your needs specifically.
The Main Types of Seasonal Allergies
For long-term allergy treatment and management, it’s important to identify the cause of your symptoms. Seasonal allergies are usually triggered by airborne substances present at certain times of the year.
Common examples of these substances include grass pollen, tree pollen, weed pollen and mold. During peak times of the year, the presence of these substances leads to many of the common symptoms of environmental allergies.
For those with a high sensitivity to skin allergies like hives, seasonal allergies can trigger these symptoms as well.
Common Questions About Seasonal Allergies
While there’s no true cure for seasonal allergies, successfully managing allergy symptoms with the right treatment is possible. Allergy medication, lifestyle changes and immunotherapy treatment can all contribute to improved health.
A person can get seasonal allergies at any age. Various factors including environmental changes, moving to a new area, immune system changes (and so on) can trigger allergic reactions to allergens.
Seasonal allergies and the common cold share similar symptoms such as nasal congestion, a runny nose and sneezing. However, a cold will usually clear up within a week or so, while allergy symptoms persist indefinitely.
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