Hay Fever - St. Augustine Sinus & Allergy

Inflammation of Nasal Airways

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. Kalpana Sundar 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 a clean bag

  • wet mop floors and walls

  • install electrostatic air filters

  • keep air dry with a 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)

If you suffer from breathing through your mouth or constant nasal stuffiness, contact St. Augustine Sinus & Allergy at 904.461.6060; or use our contact form for a prompt email response.

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