Hay Fever - St. Augustine ENT

Hay fever is an inflammation of the nasal airways that is caused by an allergic reaction to a seasonal or perennial airborne substance. Also referred to as allergic rhinitis, it has become one of the nation's most common healthcare conditions and accounts for approximately 2.5% of the doctor's visits during allergy seasons. Although many sufferers blame their discomfort on fragrant flowery-blooms that they can see, it is more likely their symptoms are due to grass or tree pollens which are easily transported by seasonal winds.

The best way to prevent hay fever is to avoid the allergen* that causes the body's inflammatory response. Unfortunately, in today's busy society that is next to impossible. Our ear, nose and throat doctor can determine your best medical options which may include antihistamines, decongestants, corticosteroids or immunotherapy. Allergy testing can often identify the most obvious culprits and the information can be used by Dr. DePasquale to develop a series of injections (or allergy shots).

Seasonal & Perennial Allergic Rhinitis

Preventing hay fever requires avoiding allergens and committing to a more stringent routine for cleaning your home, car, pets and clothes to include:

  • vacuum frequently with clean bag
  • wet mop floors and walls
  • install electrostatic air filters
  • keep air dry with dehumidifier
  • avoid uncut grassy areas
  • have ducts cleaned & disinfected
  • wash & groom pets more frequently
  • keep pets off dander-catching surfaces
  • throw out moldy or mildewed items
  • keep windows closed (house or car)

Although the onset of allergic reactions are often associated with childhood, hay fever can develop at any age. If you or a loved one suffers from inflammation of the nasal passages, call us at 904.461.6060 for personalized ENT care; or use this website's convenient contact form for a prompt email response.

*NOTE: Moving to an area with a lower pollen count for a specific allergen seldom works, as most hay fever suffers will develop new allergic reactions to airborne pollutants once they relocate.

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