Updated: Jul 27
Dust, pollen and allergies. What you need to know:
The most common cause of inhalant allergies in this country is dust. Pollens are next and in different geographic regions different pollens may be dominant. In Houston, typical tree season allergies such as cedar elm and Ash starts in January while grasses kick in during spring and summer with ragweed season is active in the late summer/fall season. Allergies are worse when pollen counts are higher.
Sneezing, runny nose, cough, nasal congestion, postnasal drip may all be signs of allergic rhinitis. These can be treated symptomatically with OTC meds or antihistaminics or nasal steroids. Allergy test, by skin or blood, is the next test to determine what you might be allergic to. Dehumidifers and humidifiers may be useful in reducing counts as are HEPA filters inside the office or home.
At Texas Sinus, Allergy, Snoring and Sleep Institute, we try different approaches to assess immune response and if possible, blunt it with immunotherapy or shots/drops. Please ask us about allergy drops or immunotherapy. Allergic rhinits may be associated with co-existing chronic or recurrent acute sinusitis, which if not improved with medication, may require balloon sinuplasty or sinus surgery. Ask us about sinusitis and in office balloon sinuplasty