Allergy Care Through The Year
Written By: Emma Squillace
With summer coming to an end, many of us will start seeing fewer flowers and more autumn leaves. But does this change of season mean fewer people suffering from allergies? While many people find that their allergies come and go with changing season, at West Medical we see plenty of allergy patients all year. While the some of the summer allergies clear out, new allergens move in for the fall. Here’s what happens with allergies through the seasons:
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, summer allergies can be fairly severe. Since spring gets more of a reputation for causing the worst allergies, sometimes allergies go misdiagnosed in the summer. Some of the summer patients we see, tell us they thought they had colds or reactions to something they ate. However, allergies are not uncommon when it’s hot out. Pollen and mold can be high in the summer. Additionally, all that delicious and healthy fresh produce could add to allergies as well, since some of the allergens in pollen can also be found in your produce.
If you have allergies, you may know about the #1 cause of allergies in the fall: ragweed. Ragweed is such a popular allergy trigger, that it’s believed about 3/4ths of people who have plant allergies in the spring, will have ragweed allergies in the fall. Here in California, we have significant amounts of certain types of ragweed plants. Since some allergy treatments are most effective when they’re started a few weeks before the allergens kick into full gear, make an appointment as soon as possible if you believe you have ragweed allergies.
A lot of people picture winter as a season when we get a break from allergies. It’s true that you should get some relief from pollen allergies in the winter, but there are other ones that are prevalent. Specifically, people tend to suffer more from dust and mold allergies in the winter. When we turn on our heaters for those chilly winter nights, dust and particles get unsettled, and circulate through our homes. Especially since we spend more time inside when it’s cold, our indoor allergies can act up. Winter is a hard time to tell if you have allergies, since many people are used to seasonal colds. If you think you have cold symptoms, but they last for 2 weeks or more, it’s a good idea to see a doctor who specializes in allergies to get an accurate diagnosis.
Spring is the heart of allergy season for many people. With lots of plants getting ready to bloom, pollen is everywhere. All our grass and trees release pollen, which gets inhaled by allergy sufferers, and starts weeks or months of runny noses, itchy eyes, and a frustrating cough. Spring (and summer too) is a time for insect allergies. People allergic to stings and bites need to be more careful and carry protection if their allergic reactions are severe. Did you know the weather we have during the winter can affect your spring allergies as well? For instance, when we have a rainy winter, we can see a large increase in wildflower growth in the spring. This can be a major cause of allergies for people all over California.
At West Medical, we offer a wide range of allergy treatments. If you spend any of the year dealing with allergy symptoms, come in for a consultation. From allergy shots to a pill form of immunotherapy – which can offer long-term relief from multiple allergies – our allergy experts can educate you on your treatment options. If you’d like to come in and talk to us, give us a call today at (855) 690-0565.