As summer weather fades into fall, a new crop of pollen is set loose across the country, activating fall allergy symptoms for an estimated 40 million Americans, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Ragweed is the primary allergen in fall and 10-20% of the population is allergic to it. In 2013, Knoxville ranked number three on the list of worst cities for people with fall allergies. You can see the rest of the list here.
If you are experiencing seasonal allergy symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose and a sore throat, it’s not the ragweed in your yard or your neighbor’s yard that’s to blame, either, Allergist Warner Carr, MD, emphasized. “Pollen blankets an entire area like smoke from a fire.”
Your first lines of defense against allergies are neti pots, over-the-counter nasal antihistamines, new air filters in your home and car, and avoidance of allergens. But the best way to fight seasonal allergies over the long-term is to get tested for your individual allergies and begin immunotherapy or allergy shots. Allergy shots routinely expose patients to their allergens a little bit at a time, eventually offering long-term remission of allergy symptoms.
With our system, you can get tested in our office for 58 of the most common Tennessee allergens. Then we can use your results to build a custom serum for you that will help to fight off allergy symptoms. The immunotherapy is self-administered and can be done on your schedule in your own home. Treatment is safe, easy, and pain free.
The sooner you start, the sooner you will be free from the allergy symptoms that bother you. Call our office today at 691-3155 to set up your obligation-free testing.