Seasonal allergies are more prominent this time of year than any other season and account for more than 17 million outpatient office visits annually according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Aside from the frustrating side effects of seasonal allergies, which include congestion and sneezing, allergies can lead to more serious complications such as sinus infections, ear infections and asthma.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates 50 million Americans (one in five) suffer from all types of allergies.
Although there is no cure for seasonal allergies, KentuckyOne Health is working to raise awareness on how to prevent and treat allergy symptoms. Symptoms can range from a mild annoyance to a severe disruption in daily life and most commonly include sneezing, wheezing, nasal congestion, coughing, itchy/watery eyes and fatigue.
“Many people, especially in our area, experience symptoms of seasonal allergies this time of year,” said Ron Shashy, MD, Otolaryngologist, Saint Joseph ENT Center, part of KentuckyOne Health. “With the help of a primary care provider, allergy symptoms can be well managed.”
From a medication perspective, your primary care provider may recommend a nasal steroid spray and antihistamine to manage symptoms. Paying close attention to the weather during this time of year can also be helpful.
“Weather can impact how much pollen—the most common seasonal allergy trigger— is carried through the air,” said Dr. Shashy. “Check the pollen count regularly. On days that it is high, stay indoors as much as possible.”
Other tips for reducing allergy symptoms include: delegating outdoor chores to someone who doesn’t suffer from allergies and changing clothes and showering after outdoor activities to help rinse away pollen. People may also find allergy relief by using a dehumidifier, along with closing windows and turning on air conditioning.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, seasonal allergies account for more than half of all allergy visits to the physician’s office. Antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays and decongestants are commonly recommended to provide allergy relief, but some physicians may recommend routine allergy shots in severe cases.
If you suffer from allergy symptoms, a visit to a primary care provider can help determine which type of treatment may be best suited to manage your symptoms. To find a provider near you, visit or call 888.570.8092.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved.  The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.

Posted on 2015-04-16 by