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In this mybergen.com Healthy Living Blog, Dr. Anna Pudinak, MD, of AP Health Family Practice in Clifton, New Jersey, explains the causes and treatment options available for seasonal allergies.
What are seasonal allergies?
Seasonal allergies, also called “hay fever,” are a group of conditions that can cause sneezing, a stuffy nose, or a runny nose. Symptoms usually only occur at certain times of the year. Most seasonal allergies are caused by:
Pollens from trees, grasses, or weeds
Mold spores, which grow when the weather is humid, wet, or damp
Normally, people breathe in these substances without a problem. When a person has a seasonal allergy, his or her immune system acts as if the substance is harmful to the body. This causes symptoms. Many people first get seasonal allergies when they are children or young adults. Seasonal allergies are usually life-long, but symptoms can get better or worse over time. Seasonal allergies sometimes run in families.
Some people have symptoms like those of seasonal allergies, but their symptoms last all year. Year-round symptoms are usually caused by:
Insects, such as dust mites and cockroaches
Animals, such as cats and dogs
What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies?
Symptoms can include:
Stuffy nose, runny nose, or sneezing a lot
Itchy or red eyes
Sore throat, or itching of the throat or ears
Waking up at night or trouble sleeping
Feeling tired all day
How are seasonal allergies treated?
People with seasonal allergies might use one or more of the following treatments to help reduce their symptoms:
Allergy pills (under the tongue)
Can seasonal allergy symptoms be prevented?
Yes. Some people can prevent symptoms by starting their medicine a week or two before the time of year that you start having symptoms. You can also help prevent symptoms by avoiding the things you are allergic to. For example, people who are allergic to pollen can:
Stay inside during the times of the year when they have symptoms
Keep car and house windows closed, and use air conditioning instead
Take a shower before bed to rinse pollen off their hair and skin
Wear a dust mask if they need to be outside, especially if sweeping or blowing off walks, decks or driveways.
Seasonal allergy symptoms can get worse, get better, or stay the same in pregnant women.
54.6% of all Americans are allergic to more than 2 allergens, but what are they?
Dr. Anna Pudinak of AP Health Family Practice in Clifton, New Jersey uses the revolutionary vaccine (Broad Spectrum Sublingual Immunotherapy) which slowly and safely builds tolerance to allergens. An annual follow up test will show massive improvement in decreasing the number and severity of patient allergies. Dr. Pudinak is able to:
1. Confirm the patient has allergies.
2. Easily and accurately identify what allergies are triggering allergy symptoms.
3. Help patients avoid allergies once sensitivities have been identified.
4. Suggest and prescribe broad spectrum and multi-regional Allergy Immunotherapy to desensitize patients from their allergies.
The broad spectrum, multi-regional immunotherapy is safe, easy, and affordable. Oral immunotherapy is self-administered by the patients every morning and evening. Shots still require weekly visits to the doctor, which are covered by insurance.
The sublingual immunotherapy continues to provide outstanding results in the reduction of allergic symptoms in those patients that use it. Slightly over 80% of patients experience a significant reduction in allergic symptoms by the end of the fourth week of commencing the immunotherapy. The basis for these excellent results lies in the broad spectrum immunotherapy that is designed to address all of the environmental allergens that the patients are allergic to as opposed to just those allergens that show a clinical allergic response.
AP Health Family Practice is located at 1135 Clifton Avenue, Suite # 203, Clifton, New Jersey. Dr. Anna Pudinak, MD, is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. To learn more about Dr. Anna Pudinak and AP Health Family Practice, visit annapudinak.com.
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