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Spring allergies: TEN things you may not know

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1. Allergies are on the rise

  • 50 million Americans suffer from allergies
  • Every year more children and adults are diagnosed with allergies
  • It is the 6th leading cause of chronic illness

2. When in doubt, get checked out

  • Visit a board certified allergist to find out specifically what you are allergic to
  • A skin test will tell you within minutes your individual allergies

3. How to alleviate symptoms

4. Allergies can come on at any point in life

  • As young as 2, children are diagnosed with allergies
  • Allergies can present late in life that could be due to hormonal changes, moving to a new location, getting a pet and developing a sensitive immune system

5. Keep your home clean

  • Change your AC filters
  • Wash your bedding on hot/warm
  • Shower and change clothes after having been outside

6. When you take your medications matters

  • If you start your antihistamines after you feel symptoms, it’s probably too late
  • Start your OTC/prescriptions two weeks prior to Spring season
  • We offer the only FDA approved oral immunotherapy for grass

7. Pollen isn’t the only culprit

  • Grass and mold, along with pollen, are often the trifecta of allergy issues for spring
  • Especially in the Lowcountry – we have much higher mold counts then in other areas

8. Learn to track the pollen

  • Allergies have a forecast much like the weather
  • Find out what your local pollen counts are as levels matter
  • Look for our daily pollen counts as we are a certified pollen counting station

9. Local honey won’t keep allergies away

  • Bees may eat pollen but it’s usually off of blooming flowers that are not the same pesky pollinators that cause your symptoms
  • There is so little pollen found in honey that it is nowhere close to what a board certified allergist provides to immunotherapy patients

10. Allergies are genetic

  • If one parent is allergic, you are 40% likely to pass it on to your child. If both parents are allergic, you are 60-70% more likely to pass allergies on to your child.

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