Do you find yourself dreading a particular season in the year when your nose is always running, and your eyes itch all the time? These symptoms come from hay fever or allergic rhinitis. At the offices of Steven Schnipper MD PC in Murray Hill, Manhattan, and New Rochelle, New York, Steven Schnipper MD, can help you find relief for your hay fever. To learn more about hay fever and what causes it, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis or seasonal allergies, is an allergic reaction that you get from pollen and other airborne substances, like dust mites or animal dander. You can get hay fever at any time of year, depending on the types of pollen in the air and your allergies. Many people get it in the spring, but it can occur during any season.
If you have hay fever, your immune system reacts to pollen and other allergens by releasing chemicals such as histamine, which cause allergic symptoms.
Dr. Schnipper will help you identify the allergens that are causing your hay fever symptoms. He will then help you avoid them and will recommend treatments that may be helpful.
It’s easy to confuse hay fever for a common cold because the symptoms are very similar. When you breathe in your allergen, you might develop sinus problems and other symptoms like:
Some people exhibit other symptoms that are more severe, like headaches, or facial pain. If you have asthma, hay fever can trigger your asthmatic symptoms like wheezing and trouble breathing.
Dr. Schnipper will usually try to identify your allergic triggers by doing allergy tests. By identifying the triggers, it may be possible to institute environmental control measures to decrease your allergenic exposures. He may also try other allergy treatments, including nose sprays and allergy pills. Some of these are available over-the-counter, but others are by prescription only.
Another approach to allergy treatment involves allergy shots. Allergy shots, or immunotherapy, involves getting a series of shots containing small but increasing amounts of your specific allergen to build your tolerance to it. It can be especially helpful for pet allergies (including cat and dog), dust mites, and pollen. Dr. Schnipper often recommends allergy shots if medications don’t work, or they cause unwanted side effects. In addition, sublingual allergy tablets are now available for certain allergens, and these may also be considered for those for whom traditional allergy shots are not practical.
To find out more about hay fever and how to relieve your symptoms, call Steven Schnipper MD PC for an appointment or book an appointment online today.