The Center for Disease Control estimates that nearly eighteen million adults and nearly seven million children are affected by hay fever every year. This makes it one of the most common ailments affecting Americans today. Chances are, you’ve heard the term “hay fever” before. But do you really know what it means? Hopefully this brief summary will help you to better identify when you are suffering from this affliction.
Hay fever is also known as allergic rhinitis. The symptoms caused by hay fever mimic those of the common cold, and it is for this reason that it is often misdiagnosed or brushed aside. Many people assume they will simply “get over it”. However, unlike the common cold, hay fever will not go away if you fail to remove the root cause. The common cold is caused by a virus, and after time your immune system will eradicate the virus and you will be back to normal. Hay fever is caused by environmental allergens including pollen, pet dander, dust, mold, and more. Your immune system misjudges these harmless particles and goes into attack mode. The result is nothing short of disastrous! Itchy eyes, sneezing, sinus pressure, you know the drill. The first step to avoiding this nightmare is to identify the offending allergens. From there a treatment plan can be crafted to help you get it under control.
If you suffer from hay fever you need to see a Corpus Christi allergy specialist. We can help you identify what is triggering your allergies and figure out the best way to treat them. Call us today to set up your allergy test.