Spring Allergies and Outdoor Fun

Get allergy relief this spring

Are you getting ready for spring? Does that include seeing your allergy specialist, scheduling shots and stocking up on *antihistamines[http://www.allergyrelief101.com/sinus-relief.aspx]? If so, you already know that spring doesn't just bring warm, sunny days - it also brings seasonal allergies. This year, get on top of your allergy relief before it becomes a problem. No one wants misery due to allergies to ruin the beautiful, sunny weather.

This is the time to start preparing, so that when the pollen count is at its highest, you aren't at your lowest. You need to start paying attention to what's going on with your body. Do you really have a spring cold, or are your allergies already being triggered? Is it time to start your corticosteroid treatment for your nasal passages, just as a preventative? If you are suffering with some kind of nasal problem, do you get to the doctor now or wait?

For allergy sufferers, waiting to see the doctor over a seemingly harmless cold can mean a sinus or ear infection. It can even mean problems with asthma control. Seasonal allergies can look a lot like the common cold, and this confusion can keep people from seeking treatment.

However, there are serious consequences if you don't seek treatment at the right time. Untreated allergies can result in sinusitis. This chronic condition is inflammation in the mucous membranes lining your sinuses. As many as three quarters of people with chronic sinusitis are also allergy sufferers.

Dr. Mark Schubert, a member of an international panel setting research guidelines for sinusitis, says that an untreated allergy may lead to sinusitis and even asthma, if other risk factors are present.

Allergies to pollen don't necessarily mean you are off the hook when it comes to food. Doctors are now finding patients who have pollen-food allergy syndrome. This means that they actually have cross-reactions between pollens and related food allergens. In fact, as many as 9 out of 10 people with food allergies are also allergic to pollens. If you have seasonal allergies, and experience reactions in the throat or mouth after eating certain foods, you could have oral allergy syndrome.

April 23, 2007

Source: The Daily Times

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