For vast numbers of people, spring is a time defined by allergies. In fact, according to AAFA.org data, 19.2 million Americans suffer from hay fever (allergic rhinitis). As aggravating as an allergy can be, testing will uncover the root cause and help provide an effective treatment. You can assist allergy sufferers in Atlanta by sharing the following practical information on social media, along with this infographic.
Common Causes of Spring Allergies
- Pollen – Spring is the season where pollen is most prevalent. The immune system reacts, as it mistakenly believes the substance poses a threat.
- Dust Mites – While dust mites aren’t visible to the naked eye, they can be found in dust, carpets and other household items.
- Mold – Mold grows in damp areas, and breathing in mold spores causes symptoms like a cough, runny nose and itching.
- Animal Dander – Household pets often shed during the springtime. Animal skin cells and saliva are common causes of allergic reactions, with inhalation of these substances potentially causing sinus problems.
- Insects – Stinging insects are active in spring, and a bite or sting could lead to an allergic reaction or even anaphylaxis.
Allergy Testing for Spring Allergies
Patch Allergy Test
Patch testing involves placing small patches containing allergens onto the back. The patches are taped to the back for approximately 48 hours, and the skin is monitored for any reactions. Patch testing is used for the following allergens.
Skin Prick Allergy Test
A skin prick test involves pricking the top of the skin and inserting a small amount of an allergenic substance. An allergist then monitors for signs of red marks or bumps on the skin. The following allergens can be tested using the skin prick test.
- Pet Dander
- Dust Mites
- Food Allergies
Spring Allergy Treatments
Thankfully, there are various effective allergy treatments available. To help your friends and family find the right treatment, share this infographic across social media. To add it to a blog post, use the embed code at the bottom of the page.
Natural Allergy Treatments
Avoidance is important, but it can be difficult to stay away from pollen, dust and other such elements. Therefore, include some natural treatments to reduce the symptoms of your allergies. Make sure your home is cleaned and dusted regularly, use a neti pot to clear the airways – even try certain essential oils.
Medications for Allergy Treatment
Medication can help limit the impact of an allergy. Antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays and other products will make life easier during the spring allergy season. The best medication can be prescribed after allergy testing.
Immunotherapy Allergy Treatment
Also called allergy shots, immunotherapy is an effective way to prevent allergic reactions upon contact with an allergen. Small amounts of allergens are periodically injected into a patient. The dose is gradually increased until tolerance has been built up.
Raise Awareness & Start Treating Your Spring Allergies
Spring allergies are a common concern for people across Georgia. You can help raise awareness of the issue by posting our infographic across your social media and blog platforms. If you need help treating allergies, request an appointment in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek online or by calling (678) 668-4688.