Our mild winter means trouble for Central Georgians who suffer from allergies. The lack of cold weather means the plants pollinated earlier this year, and a rainy spring will mean faster plant growth and higher mold counts. Those with pollen or mold allergies are probably already feeling the symptoms!
Pollen and mold are just a few of the many allergens that can lead to the symptoms of allergy. These symptoms may include sneezing, itching, watery eyes, drippy noses, congestion, swelling, coughing or wheezing. Normally the immune system protects our bodies from harmful invaders like bacteria and viruses. In people with allergies, the immune system is distracted by an otherwise harmless substance (also called an “allergen”).
Allergens such as pollen from trees, grasses and weeds, house dust mite particles, pet dander and mold spores often enter our bodies by inhalation. If you have allergies to any of these particles, your immune system responds by causing inflammation in the skin, sinuses, nasal passages, digestive systems and the lungs – leading to symptoms of cough, wheezing and shortness of breath. If these symptoms go untreated for a long time, aside from being miserable, you may also develop lasting effects of chronic sinusitis or even asthma.
If you or your loved ones suffer from any of the above symptoms, it is important to be seen by a doctor board-certified in Allergy/Immunology. Allergists have years of advanced training and experience to properly diagnose the condition and prescribe an appropriate treatment plan to help you or your loved ones feel better and live better. While there are many medications on the market to treat symptoms of allergy, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you depending on your age, overall health, comorbidities, etc. Some of these medications may even cause problems such as drowsiness, high blood pressure and other harmful side effects. In addition, many people often find that these medications stop working after long-term use. Allergists can discuss alternative treatment options that actually fix the problem, rather than putting a “band-aid” over the symptoms.
Don’t waste your beautiful spring in Central Georgia hiding indoors. Call and schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified allergists today!