Children and adults share the misery of seasonal and year-long allergies, as about 8% of all age groups have hay fever. The board-certified physicians at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates, LTD, with two locations in Scottsdale and another in Gilbert, Arizona, specialize in helping you get relief from your hay fever symptoms. To receive exceptional care and a personalized treatment plan, call the nearest office, or book an appointment online today.
Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, develops due to an immune reaction that determines a harmless substance poses a threat to your health. Your immune system creates antibodies that identify that substance; every time you breathe it in, you have an allergic reaction.
You can develop two types of hay fever:
You get seasonal hay fever when you develop an allergy to trees, grasses, and weeds that release pollen during specific seasons. Molds that grow outdoors can also trigger seasonal hay fever.
If you have an allergy to dust mites, pet dander, or cockroaches, you can have hay fever all year. In warmer climates, molds also cause perennial hay fever.
Hay fever typically affects your nose and eyes, causing symptoms such as:
You may also have trouble with postnasal drip.
Though your medical history and symptoms may make a good case for diagnosing hay fever, you need allergy testing like a skin prick test to learn which allergens cause your symptoms.
During a skin prick test, your provider places a small amount of different allergens on your skin and makes a tiny puncture in the skin. If you’re allergic to any of the allergens, you develop a small, red skin reaction within 15-20 minutes.
For most patients, the first line of treatment includes a plan to eliminate the allergen from your environment and over-the-counter medications to relieve symptoms.
If your symptoms don’t improve or they’re already severe, your provider may recommend one of two types of immunotherapy:
Allergy shots contain a small amount of your allergen. You receive a series of injections following a regular schedule, with the dose gradually increasing in each one.
Over time, your immune system becomes desensitized to the allergen, and you get dramatic relief from your symptoms. Some patients find that their allergies often disappear.
Some patients are good candidates for rush immunotherapy, which gets faster results by giving you multiple allergy shots in one day. By comparison, you typically get one or two allergy shots a week.
If you suspect you have hay fever and you need relief from the symptoms, call Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates, LTD, or book an appointment online today.