Don’t Let Allergies Stop You From Enjoying the Florida Keys

Itchy eyes or a runny nose that won’t stop? It could be allergies.

Seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, are an immune system response to outdoor airborne allergens such as pollen, mold, or grass. These allergens trigger an inflammatory response in the body, causing symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and throat, congestion, and fatigue.

Seasonal allergies typically occur during specific times of the year when plants release their pollen, such as spring, summer, or fall. The severity of seasonal allergies can vary from person to person and can be influenced by factors such as genetics, overall health, and the amount of exposure to allergens.

In South Florida, we live in a subtropical climate, which means it experiences warm and humid weather throughout the year. This can mean an extended allergy season for allergy sufferers. Here are some of the most common seasonal allergies in South Florida:

  1. Ragweed allergy: Ragweed is a common weed that releases pollen in the late summer and early fall. This is one of the most common causes of seasonal allergies in South Florida.
  2. Mold allergy: The high humidity in South Florida can promote the growth of mold, which can trigger allergies. Indoor mold can be a problem all year round.
  3. Grass pollen allergy: Various types of grass grow in South Florida, and their pollen can trigger allergies. Grass pollen is most common in the spring and summer months.
  4. Tree pollen allergy: There are several species of trees in South Florida that can trigger allergies, including oak, maple, and cedar. Tree pollen is most common in the spring months.
  5. Dust mite allergy: Dust mites thrive in warm and humid environments and can be found in bedding, upholstered furniture, and carpeting. They can cause year-round allergies.

There are several treatments available for inhalation and seasonal allergies, including:

  1. Antihistamines: These medications help to block the effects of histamine, which is released during an allergic reaction. Antihistamines can help relieve symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and runny nose. They are available in both over-the-counter and prescription forms.
  2. Decongestants: Decongestants help to relieve nasal congestion by reducing swelling in the nasal passages. They are available in both oral and nasal spray forms.
  3. Nasal corticosteroids: These medications help reduce inflammation in the nasal passages and can treat symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and congestion. They are available in nasal spray form and are available by prescription.

4. Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, involves regular injections of small amounts of allergens over time. This treatment can help to desensitize the immune system to the allergen and reduce the severity of symptoms.

5. Avoiding allergens: In some cases, avoiding exposure to the allergen can effectively reduce symptoms. For example, wearing a mask when working outside during peak pollen season, keeping windows closed during high pollen counts, and using air conditioning with a HEPA filter can all help to reduce exposure to allergens.

At Island ENT, we are allergy specialists. We are here to help you enjoy your life allergy-symptom free.

At Island ENT, we are allergy specialists. We are here to help you enjoy your life allergy-symptom free.

If you are looking for relief, our experienced healthcare providers specialize in diagnosing and treating allergies. These include asthma, allergic rhinitis or hay fever, and food allergies. The initial patient visit consists of a thorough history and physical exam. Skin testing, spirometry, laboratory work, X-rays, and other testing may be ordered if indicated.

If you’re ready to feel better and stop avoiding the outdoors (or whatever is the culprit of your allergy symptoms), we are prepared to help! Schedule your consult with Island ENT today and feel better tomorrow.

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