You can sense that pollen is in the air before you see it – people are sneezing, and eyes are watering. Pollen season has arrived. Fortunately, Dr. Brauer can help you find relief! Consider the following answers to frequently asked questions about a pollen allergy:
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What causes an allergic reaction to pollen?
Did you know that pollen is harmless? Many people mistakenly believe that pollen sends your body into sneezing and coughing fits. However, your immune system is misreading the harmless pollen as a harmful intruder. When you breathe in the pollen, your immune system produces chemicals to fight off the pollen. These chemicals are what causes your pollen allergy symptoms to flare.
What are the symptoms of a pollen allergy?
If you have an allergic reaction to pollen, you’ll likely have watery eyes, congestion, and sneezing fits. These three symptoms alone can make your day miserable and unproductive! Other symptoms of a pollen allergy include an itchy throat, runny nose, sinus pressure, and coughing fits.
Are there different types of pollen?
Yes! Pollen is produced by many different types of plants – trees, flowers, and grass are just a few. A famous allergy culprit in Kentucky is bluegrass. Dr. Brauer will conduct an allergy test to determine exactly what type of pollen you’re allergic to, then create a treatment plan to help you find relief.
What treatments are available for a pollen allergy?
Depending on the severity of your pollen allergy, Dr. Brauer may suggest certain medications or immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a preventative treatment that focuses on altering your immune system. As your immunotherapy continues through the build-up phase and maintenance phase, it will teach your immune system that pollen is not a harmful invader – thus, eliminating allergic reactions.
The first day of spring will be here in a few days – March 20 to be exact. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brauer to find relief from your pollen allergy!