Got Hay Fever? Here’s Some Symptoms, Treatments, and Preventative Tips

The beginning of autumn marks the start of a lot of really great things for millions of Americans – beautiful, unearthly weather, diverse heritage celebrations and festivals, and new opportunities to quite literally “turn over a new leaf”.

But it also brings about an allergy season many people are forced to struggle through. In fact, while hay fever and other common allergens proliferate throughout the spring, fall allergens like ragweed pollinate starting in September and lasting, in some parts of the country, all the way until March.

Allergens like ragweed lead to hay fever for those who are most susceptible. Technically, it’s known as allergic rhinitis, and it comes with symptoms that are some of the most common and know in all those who are allergic – even if you don’t yet know you’ve got it.

Get tested to find out if you’re allergic to hay fever

In the St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat offices in St. Augustine, FL., Dr. DePasquale conducts in-house testing for those who suspect they may be allergic to or have contracted hay fever. So give us a call today to set up an appointment, or stop by.

We’ve got everything you need to get your allergies under control, whether it’s attributable to hay fever or something else entirely.

Some common hay fever symptoms

One of the first indications to a proper diagnosis is symptoms, and hay fever is pretty easy to identify. Heavy bouts of sneezing, itchy, irritated, or overly watery eyes, runny noses and nasal congestion are often experienced by those who are allergic.

These symptoms may become especially apparent depending on how much time you spend outside, and even where you live. If your home or office is in overly-wooded and condensed areas, like many parts of Tampa, for example, you may experience these symptoms more often if your even mildly allergic.

In-house hay fever treatments from St. Augustine ENT

We treat your symptoms right here, the day you come see us. Hay fever treatments may include a shot, prescription allergy or antihistamine medication, nasal decongestant, or corticosteroids.

In almost all cases, prevention and avoidance is the key to lowering your risk of attracting or contracting hay fever or other allergens in the months to come!

Here’s some tips for enjoying life this autumn without allergies:

Try to limit your exposure outside. We know, that sounds pretty dull. But doing simple things like keeping your windows up while driving, and wearing a pollen mask while doing yard work like mowing or raking leaves can have a substantial positive impact on your immune system.

Change your air filters more often. Your air filters are more prone to capturing and circulating mold and pollen during autumn than other season. Better yet, get your family a stand-alone in-home air filtration system, and place it in common areas like the living room.

Keep pollen outside. Our pets, clothes, and just about everything else that goes into and out of our home can attract and transport allergen-inducing pollen. Wash your clothes and take showers more often, and wash your dog, too. Drop your shoes off outside before walking through the door.