Seasonal Allergies Specialist

Whole Body Healthcare

Integrative Medicine Clinic & Medical Center located in Baltimore, MD

Itchy eyes, scratchy throat, runny nose. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you may suffer from seasonal allergies. Baltimore, Maryland is one of the worst cities in the United States to live in for seasonal allergy sufferers. But the team at Whole Body Healthcare offer treatments that may reduce your symptoms. For more information, call the office or book an appointment online.

Seasonal Allergies Q & A

What causes seasonal allergies?

Pollen, grass, mold, and trees are the most common sources of seasonal allergies. Allergies are your body’s overreaction to any one substance that it considers a foreign invader. When you come in contact with a trigger, your body releases histamine, a chemical that causes your allergy symptoms.

What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies?

Because the symptoms are so similar, you may not be able to tell if what you’re experiencing is a cold or seasonal allergies.

Symptoms that may indicate allergies include:

  • Coughing and scratchy throat
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sneezing and runny nose

One of the primary differences between a cold and allergies is the length of time you experience symptoms. While you may get over your cold within a week or two, if you’re still coughing and sneezing after several weeks, it’s most likely allergies.

The team at Whole Body Healthcare can confirm a diagnosis during an examination. They may also be able to provide the exact cause of your allergy through skin testing or a special blood test.

How are seasonal allergies treated?

The team at Whole Body Healthcare offers a number of treatment options to help relieve your symptoms. Common treatments include:

  • Antihistamines to reduce watery eyes and itchy nose
  • Decongestant to thin mucus and relieve your cough and stuffy nose
  • Nasal steroid sprays to reduce inflammation

Starting your allergy medication before allergy season may help reduce your symptoms.

The team at Whole Body Healthcare may recommend cleaning your nasal passages with sterile water to reduce symptoms.

What can I do at home to relieve allergy symptoms?

The team at Whole Body Healthcare also recommends making changes at home to reduce exposure to your allergen. This might include using high-efficiency filters at home and in the car, changing your clothes immediately after spending time outside, or keeping the windows closed at night when pollen counts are high.

You also may want to stay indoors on days when it’s dry and windy. The best time to go outside for seasonal allergy sufferers is right after it’s rained.

The team also offers tools to help you track allergen levels so you know when you allergies might strike.

For seasonal allergy relief, call the office or book an appointment using the online booking agent.