Archive for Hay Fever

What is an Allergic Rhinitis – Hay Fever?

By Atul N. Shah, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI,
Medical Director, Center4AsthmaAllergy.com;
Founder, AmazingAllergist.com;
Bestselling Author of “Allergies, and Awesome You

If you can not reduce or come off the allergy medications, you are likely a candidate for allergy vaccination (also known as “allergy shots” or allergen immunotherapy).

Now the allergen immunotherapy is availble as oral drops as well, for patients who can not commit to weekly injections in a medical setting. The oral or sublingual drops are considered safe and can be administered at home. Either form of allergen immunotherapy helps reduce and in many patients, eliminate the dependence on allergy medications.

About the Author:
Atul N. Shah, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, is a board certified allergist and the bestselling author of the children’s book, Allergies, and Awesome You. He is also a medical director of www.Center4AsthmaAllergy.com and the founder of the educational website www.AmazingAllergist.com. He has earned an honor of fellowships in both the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. He has personally treated more than 20,000 patients, made a significant impact on more than 100,000 lives as an allergist and earned the nickname “AmazingAllergist” from his patients and peers. He has been recognized with various awards, including the America’s Top Physicians’ Award, the Patients’ Choice Award, and the Most Compassionate Physicians’ Award. He believes that every allergic child and individual has a potential to live a great life, allergy-free.

As a reader of this article, receive a FREE copy of Dr. Shah’s eBook– ALLERGY. You Asked, We Answered .
(FREE download at www.Center4AsthmaAllergy.com and www.AmazingAllergist.com)

Pollen Season is Here!

By Atul N. Shah, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI,
Medical Director, Center4AsthmaAllergy.com;
Founder, AmazingAllergist.com;
Bestselling Author of “Allergies, and Awesome You

Pollen Season is Here!

For most, the arrival of spring season means looking forward to outdoor activities. For the pollen allergic individuals, it is again, that time of year to suffer. An estimated 26-30 million Americans have hay fever symptoms each year.

Seasonal allergy symptoms can be prevented and minimized with certain steps. If you have seasonal symptoms every year, you can get tested to identify the triggers. Depending on where you live and the time of the year when you have symptoms, your triggers can be tree pollen, grass pollen, weeds, ragweed or mold spores. Limiting outdoor activities when the pollen is very high and staying indoors with air conditioning can reduce exposure to pollen and other triggers. Keeping the bed room windows closed and car windows rolled up while driving can be helpful. You may consider taking a shower, washing the hair and changing the clothes after pollen exposure outdoors. There are many prescription and non-prescription alternatives available to start before the pollen season. Allergy Vaccination or allergy immunotherapy is a great treatment option for a long term relief.

AmazingAllergist's Five Steps to Awesome Life, allergy-free.
 
1. Recognize the allergy symptoms – runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose, stuffy nose, post nasal drip, scratchy throat, itchy palate, itchy watery eyes, red eyes and ask for help.
2. Get tested- identify the allergy triggers. This can be done through needle free allergy skin tests or through the blood tests.
3. Avoid these triggers to the extent possible.
4. Use supportive methods and medications to alleviate the symptoms
5. Get started on Allergen immunotherapy or allergy vaccination (this helps you develop tolerance to your allergy triggers) 
Those with seasonal allergies, especially children, can at times be very symptomatic. These symptoms affect the sleep, day time alertness and day to day functioning. The quality of life is very much compromised and allergic individuals do not enjoy outdoor life while everyone around them is having outdoor fun. Help your children understand what allergies are and what they can do to live great lives, allergy-free. The www.AmazingAllergist.com has a lot of resources, including the stories of others who got better, to empower your allergic children. The information and education are the usual starting points to a future of an allergy free season. The support of family and friends is very valuable at any stage of being miserable with allergies.

Now the allergen immunotherapy is available as oral drops as well, for patients who can not commit to weekly injections in a medical setting. The oral or sublingual drops are considered safe and can be administered at home. Either form of allergen immunotherapy helps reduce and in many patients, eliminate the dependence on allergy medications.

About the Author:
Atul N. Shah, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, is the bestselling author of this AmazingAllergist book series, founder of www.AmazingAllergist.com, and the medical director of www.Center4AsthmaAllergy.com. He is a board-certified allergy and asthma specialist who has been honored with fellowships in both the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. He has personally treated more than twenty thousand patients, made a significant impact on more than one hundred thousand lives as an allergist so far, and earned the nickname “AmazingAllergist” from his patients and peers. His work is rewarded daily with numerous compliments from smiling patients and their families. He has been recognized with various awards, including the America’s Top Physicians’ Award, the Patients’ Choice Award, and the Most Compassionate Doctors’ Award. He has appeared on the ABC, NBC, and many TV and radio programs for very informative interviews. He believes that every allergic child and individual has a potential to live a great, allergy-free life. His desire to empower allergic individuals has resulted into this series of books. Dr. Atul Shah enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his family. He calls Long Island, New York, his home, supports various charities, and loves making a difference. A portion of the proceeds from his books help fund research and education in the areas of allergy, asthma, and immunology.

As a reader of this article, receive a FREE copy of Dr. Shah’s eBook– ALLERGY. You Asked, We Answered .
(FREE download at www.Center4AsthmaAllergy.com and www.AmazingAllergist.com)

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Feel Better With Fall Allergies

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By Atul N. Shah, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI,
Medical Director, Center4AsthmaAllergy.com;
Founder, AmazingAllergist.com;
Bestselling Author of “Allergies, and Awesome You

The Fall Allergy Season is in full swing. For those with fall allergy, this is the time with runny nose, sneezing, congestion, post nasal drip, cough, itchy eyes, watery eyes and many more allergy symptoms. The usual triggers are ragweed, some weeds and mold. Fall allergy symptoms can be prevented and minimized with certain steps. If you have seasonal symptoms every year, you can get tested to identify the triggers. Limiting outdoor activities when the pollen is very high and staying indoors with air conditioning can reduce exposure to ragweed and weed pollen and other triggers. Keeping the bed room windows closed and car windows rolled up while driving can be helpful. You may consider taking a shower, washing the hair and changing the clothes after pollen exposure outdoors. There are many prescription and non-prescription alternatives available to start before the pollen season. Allergy Vaccination or allergy immunotherapy is a great treatment option for a long term relief.

AmazingAllergist's Five Steps to Awesome Life, allergy-free.
 
1. Recognize the allergy symptoms – runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose, stuffy nose, post nasal drip, scratchy throat, itchy palate, itchy watery eyes, red eyes and ask for help.
2. Get tested- identify the allergy triggers. This can be done through needle free allergy skin tests or through the blood tests.
3. Avoid these triggers to the extent possible.
4. Use supportive methods and medications to alleviate the symptoms
5. Get started on Allergen immunotherapy or allergy vaccination (this helps you develop tolerance to your allergy triggers) 

Those with fall allergies, especially children, can at times be very symptomatic. These symptoms affect the sleep, day time alertness and day to day functioning. The quality of life is very much compromised and allergic individuals do not enjoy outdoor life while everyone around them is having outdoor fun. Help your children understand what allergies are and what they can do to live great lives, allergy-free. The www.AmazingAllergist.com has a lot of resources, including the stories of others who got better, to empower your allergic children. The information and education are the usual starting points to a future of an allergy free season. The support of family and friends is very valuable at any stage of being miserable with allergies.

About the Author:
Atul N. Shah, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, is a board certified allergist and the bestselling author of the children’s book, Allergies, and Awesome You. He is also a medical director of www.Center4AsthmaAllergy.com and the founder of the educational website www.AmazingAllergist.com. He has earned an honor of fellowships in both the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. He has personally treated more than 20,000 patients, made a significant impact on more than 100,000 lives as an allergist and earned the nickname “AmazingAllergist” from his patients and peers. He has been recognized with various awards, including the America’s Top Physicians’ Award, the Patients’ Choice Award, and the Most Compassionate Physicians’ Award. He believes that every allergic child and individual has a potential to live a great life, allergy-free.

As a reader of this article, receive a FREE copy of Dr. Shah’s eBook– ALLERGY. You Asked, We Answered .
(FREE download at www.Center4AsthmaAllergy.com and www.AmazingAllergist.com)

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Hay Fever

Hay Fever

Around this time of the year, we experience high pollen in the air. Children are outside playing soccer, baseball and other activities, and the natural exposure to pollen is unavoidable. If you do not have allergies, being outside is not an issue. Once someone has developed allergies, the pollen exposure can be troublesome and produce a wide range of symptoms.
For example, allergy related symptoms of the eyes are known as allergic conjunctivitis in medical terms. They are one of the components of hay fever. Red, puffy, swollen, itchy, and watery eyes are likely related to a pollen allergy.
An estimated 26-30 million Americans have hay fever symptoms each year. The usual symptoms include one or all of these — runny nose, violent and prolonged spells of sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy nose, itchy eyes, red-swollen eyes, watery eyes, mucus in the eyes, itchy ears, itchy-scratchy throat, sore throat, itchy palate and so on.
Hay fever may affect sinuses and lungs causing headaches, bronchitis or seasonal asthma. The warm, sunny days of spring allow plants to grow and produce pollen. Mild breezes cause pollen to travel longer distances through the air. When pollen is high, it comes indoors through doors and open windows.
Keeping bedroom windows closed and car windows rolled up while driving may help reduce pollen exposure.  It’s also helpful to wash your eyes, especially after outdoor activities. This simple procedure significantly helps by lowering the amount of pollen lodged in the eyes. You may consult a physician or a specialist who will recommend eye drops, nose sprays and pills, based on the severity to manage your symptoms. Remember to ask about eye drops and other treatment options you may begin before the season starts so you can prevent the problem next year. If managed properly, allergies should not hold you back from enjoying outdoor activities.