Treatment of Allergies
Allergies affect nearly twenty percent of the population. In Wisconsin, we experience allergy seasons, specifically when the trees begin to bud and flower, the grasses are in bloom, and when ragweed begins. Rain can help wash away pollen produced in the seasons, but if it’s too wet, moldy conditions can cause additional allergic reactions.
Hay fever, asthma, and eczema are the most common symptoms of allergies. Allergy symptoms appear when the body's immune system begins to respond to a substance as though it were a dangerous invader (called an antigen or allergen). It responds by sending defenders called antibodies to the site. The battle between allergen and antibody results in a release of chemical mediators, such as histamine, into the bloodstream. Those chemical mediators cause changes in the body, which produce the symptoms that we feel.
Some allergy sufferers experience symptoms all year. Others find certain seasons bring on attacks. We believe allergy symptom control is most successful when multiple management approaches are used simultaneously. Minimizing exposure to allergens, managing symptoms with medications, and desensitization with allergy shots or drops are methods proven to help control allergic symptoms for our patients.
If you are concerned about allergies, ask yourself these questions:
- Do you have allergic symptoms that impact your productivity?
- Do you take over-the-counter sinus medications regularly?
- Have you taken over-the-counter medication for more than 3 months?
- Is the medication you are taking no longer working like it used to?
If you answer YES to any of these questions you may need more advanced allergy care from our sinus center.
To make an appointment with our allergy specialist, call 1-800-435-4851 or 920-969-1768.