Know Your Allergies
March 06, 2017
If you suffer from cedar fever, you might be thinking that you are out of the woods about now. But unfortunately the reality of living in Austin means that there are almost always pollens in the air and that is it completely possible to have seasonal allergies throughout the year. Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, is a common condition that causes symptoms many of us are very familiar with; such as sneezing, stuffy, itchy or runny nose, watery eyes, and itching on the roof of the mouth.
Dr. Colleen Adkins , Allergy and Asthma specialist at ARC Wilson Parke and ARC Cedar Park Medical Plaza, explains “Allergic rhinitis occurs when your immune system identifies an allergen, produces antibodies, and causes the release of histamine and other chemicals.” Dr. Adkins adds, “Here in Austin, many people suffer from allergies due to the year round prevalence of pollen.”
In this recent ARC Healthcare Minute podcast, Dr. Adkins advises all allergy sufferers to “start your allergy medications a few weeks before the pollen season starts to help prevent or reduce symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis.” In other words, know your allergies and when they are active.
If you would like to discuss your allergy issues with Dr. Adkins, make an appointment online or call the clinic nearest you:
ARC Wilson Parke
ARC Cedar Park Medical Plaza
For more health tips from ARC doctors, tune into the ARC Healthcare Minute which airs on KLBJ News Radio 590AM/99FM. You can also listen to podcasts from past episodes on the ARC website.