Spring Allergies

It’s starting to warm up; spring is fast approaching. Many of us can’t wait for the spring season to start, but how about those that suffer from spring allergies? Spring is also when trees and greenery flower, and when pollination lavishes. During this pollination period, pollens are released into the air and often end up in our noses and cause rhinitis (“hay fever”).

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As pollens enter one’s nose, they are being identified as foreigners. The immune system “defends” itself against this foreigners by releasing chemicals such as “histamine” into the body. Unfortunately, these good-guy-histamines are what cause allergic reactions.

Spring may be a time for itchy eyes, constant sneezing, and runny noses for many, but there is relief. Some relief options may be temporary while other options offer more permanent relief. Here are a few options that can be easily put into action:

  • dust shelves and fans where pollens can accumulate
  • keep doors and windows closed to keep out allergens and pollutants
  • clean/replace air filter for less polluted air in the home

All of these are the above are avoidance measures which can certainly help, but they are not full-proof. Since pollens are airborne, they can make their way into your living space with great ease. Other measures include:

  • take antihistamines or other over-the-counter medications
  • consult an allergist (allergy doctor) about allergy immunotherapy (via shots or under-the-tongue drops).

While there may be over the counter, temporary relief, consulting a doctor or specialist (allergist) is your best chance at permanent relief. One of the most effective options for allergy relief that is offered by allergists is sublingual immunotherapy. Contact AllergyEasy today to find an allergist in your area that can offer pain-free allergy relief such as sublingual immunotherapy.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.