Let's Talk About Hay Fever

I have questions. I'm sure you do as well, especially when it comes to "allergy season".

Personally, I suffer from a few different allergies including lactose, sulfa medication, and cockroaches. But why is there such a thing as "allergy season" when allergies plague us all the time?

Well, Allergic rhinitis, often called hay fever, is a common condition that causes symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, watery eyes and itching of the nose, eyes or the roof of the mouth. Allergic rhinitis can be seasonal or perennial. Symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis occur in spring, summer and/or early fall. They are usually caused by allergic sensitivity to pollens from trees, grasses or weeds, or to airborne mold spores.

People with perennial allergic rhinitis experience symptoms year-round. It is generally caused by sensitivity to house dust mites, animal dander, cockroaches and/or mold spores. Underlying or hidden food allergies rarely cause perennial nasal symptoms.

I know, that's a lot of information, but did you know that these nasal allergies are estimated to affect approximately 50 million people in the United States?! That's a LOT of people.

If you worry that you could be experiencing seasonal or perennial allergies, I always recommend seeing an allergist board certified in allergy, asthma, and imunology. That brings me to my FAVORITE allergist, Dr. Arseneau at Valley Allergy and Asthma Clinic!

I've worked with Dr. Arseneau before and she's the reason I found out that I have perennial allergies! I honestly would've been suffering in silence for years, not knowing what was wrong, if I didn't go see Dr. Arseneau. She's a kind, welcoming woman and I've never felt so comfortable in a doctor's office!

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