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Is Kentucky’s Fall Allergy Culprit Impacting You?

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Louisville’s pollen count 9/12-9/14.

If you’ve seen the weather forecast this week, you may have noticed the high ragweed pollen level alerts. This is problematic for many, as it is estimated 15-20% of Americans suffer from ragweed allergy. This green flowering weed (17 different varieties, not to be confused with Goldenrod, Kentucky’s state flower) makes millions of us miserable with runny noses, itchy throats and burning eyes.screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-8-15-22-am

A single ragweed plant can produce one billion pollen grains per season, and the lightweight pollen grains can be carried up to 400 miles in the wind! Ragweed is very hardy and can be found in vacant lots, the side of the roads, parks and fields; it can thrive in poor soil conditions. In our area, the ragweed pollination ends around the time of the first frost.

Also, some people with ragweed allergy experience an itchy throat or mouth after eating some common fresh fruits and vegetables. The condition is called oral allergy syndrome and an allergist can help you diagnose and manage your symptoms.

What can you do?

  • See an allergist to determine the culprit of your allergies.
  • There are over-the-counter and prescription medications which can help reduce pollen allergy symptoms including nasal sprays, antihistimines and decongestants.
  • If these medicines do not provide relief, you may be a candidate for immunotherapy (allergy shots).
  • Avoidance can help lessen symptoms. Keep windows closed and use a HEPA filter. Early mornings are the best time to get outside since ragweed is a late-morning pollinator.

Call our office today at (502) 882-2063 to schedule an appointment to help you figure out your allergies and come up with a treatment plan that works for you.

 

 

 

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month #1in5

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. There is no cure for asthma, but asthma can be managed with proper prevention and treatment. Asthma affects 24 million Americans, and 6.3 million children under the age of 18 suffer from asthma. More than 50 million Americans have allergies – pollen, skin, latex and more, and the rate of allergies and asthma is climbing. Please join us in raising awareness for these common diseases.

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If you experience allergic and/or asthma symptoms or have questions, call our team at (502) 882-2063 to learn more about finding relief.

 

 

“My Nose is Running Faster Than My Feet!”

One month from today is the KDF mini-marathon! If your spring allergies are getting in the way of your training, you may find relief by trying the following:

  1. ANTIHISTAMINES: Consider taking an oral or nasal antihistamine. (Be sure to hydrate, as antihistamines can have a drying effect and leave you feeling dehydrated sooner than usual.)
  2. WEATHER: Avoid running at peak pollen times. Check your local allergen forecast online (Pollen.com, AAAAI.org, Weather.com) or use an allergy app on your smartphone. Also, it is better to run after a rain, as opposed to clear, windy days, as there is often less pollen in the air.
  3. CLOTHING: After running, immediately launder your clothing, take a shower and wash your hair to help minimize your exposure to outdoor pollen.
  4. SALINE: Try using a saline spray or a neti pot to clear your nasal passages.
  5. AIR POLLUTION: It is best to run indoors when an ozone alert is issued. Common air pollutants can make it difficult to breath, especially for those suffering with asthma and severe allergies.
  6. LONG-TERM: Seeing a board-certified allergist can prove helpful in the long run, as he/she can decipher what allergens trigger your symptoms and develop a plan to help  your symptoms and needs.

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Louisville again one of the Worst “Spring Allergy Capitals”

More than 50 million Americans are living with seasonal nasal allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s (AAFA) annual Spring Allergy Capitals report provides insights into cities where people are most affected by seasonal symptoms. Louisville remains in the top 5 again this spring.

If you need relief, call us at (502)882-2063 to schedule an appointment.

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Pollen! What is it and Why Does it Make Me Miserable?

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3/22/16: The pollen count is already in the “HIGH” range.

Pollen is one of the most common causes of allergies in the United States. You’ve seen it coating your car, wafting through the air and saturating your sidewalk—-the very fine, powdery, yellowish dusting which thrives in the Kentuckiana area. Our region is known to have prolific amounts of pollen which wreaks havoc and causes an adverse immune response in many of us.

Pollen is produced by trees, grasses, weeds and flowers. It fertilizes plants of the same species. Our immune system is an amazing protector, defending the body from harmful invaders and can prevents sickness. For those with pollen allergies, the immune system mistakenly targets the pollen as unhealthy and produces chemicals in your body to fight the pollen. The pollen has now become an “allergen” and the manifested fight is known as an “allergic reaction,” “hay fever” or “allergic rhinitis.”

Do you suffer in the spring? March and April allergies are almost always due to tree pollen. (It is important to start treatment before pollen season begins.)

Do you suffer around Derby time? Your are likely allergic to grass pollen. Sufferers in the late summer and fall can be allergic to ragweed. Pollen is wind-driven, can travel hundreds of miles and survive a mild winter. (Did you know the ragweed season has increased four additional weeks in the last 10-15 years–some say due to global warming.)

Some suffer pollen allergies year-round. Symptoms include: sinus pressure, facial pain, nasal congestion, cough, scratchy throat, watery/itchy eyes, runny nose, dark circles under the eyes and a decreased taste/smell sensation.

Using Neti pots, vacuuming regularly with a HEPA filter vacuum, frequent and immediate washing of clothes that have been worn outside, closing windows, using the air conditioner in your car and home, using HEPA filters and frequent changing of your home air filters can provide some sufferers relief.

Over-the-counter and/or prescription nasal sprays, antihistamines and decongestants can provide relief for many.

If those do not work, immunotherapy (allergy shots) is shown to reduce symptoms long-term in most children and adults. Call us at (502) 882-2063 to find out your options before the pollen season is upon us!

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to create a doctor-patient relationship with any reader. If you need personalized medical advice, contact your primary care physician or other physician in your community.

Shots Provide Long-Term Allergy Relief in Adults Over the Age of 65: New Study Published

A study in February’s Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology examines the impact of immunotherapy (shots) in older individuals suffering with allergic rhinitis (hay fever). Allergy shots are proven to benefit children and adults, but there has not been as much research conducted in the senior population. And yet, research points to the fact that hay fever is common in people over the age of 65.

The study included sixty 65- to 75-year-old patients suffering with seasonal allergic rhinitis and grass pollen allergy. The patients, randomly sorted and placed on shots or a placebo, were monitored for three years, and the results indicated a “significant decrease” in symptoms (down 55%) and use of allergy medicines (down 64%) after the third grass pollen season in the group on shots. There was no significant change in the placebo group.

“Older people who suffer from hay fever may have health challenges that younger people do not,” said allergist Ira Finegold, MD, ACAAI past president. “Hay fever is often ignored in older patients as a less significant health problem because of diseases such as asthma, coronary heart disease, depression and high blood pressure. Also, some baby boomers might not realize they have allergies, and their physicians might not suggest allergy shots. The research indicated that allergy shots were extremely effective for this group.”

The study concluded shots in our senior population is safe and effective and produces a comparable long-term immune response to those found in studies of younger patients. This is good news for those over the age of 65 wanting relief from their seasonal allergies. To find relief for your allergy symptoms, call Dr. Damin at Allergy Partners at (502) 882-2063.

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Flonase is Now Available Over the Counter

IMG_3422It is often good news when a medication becomes available over-the-counter for ease of purchase and affordability for consumers. The same is the case for Flonase which was released this month as an additional OTC option for nasal allergy sufferers to treat nasal symptoms such as nasal congestion, sneezing and a runny, itchy nose. Nasacort 24HR, containing triamcinolone acetonide, was the first nasal steroid OTC released last year.

Coupons featured in the Feb. 8, 2015 Courier-Journal

Coupons featured in the Feb. 8, 2015 Courier-Journal

A 3-pack (360 spray total) costs $53.49 at Costco.

A 3-pack (360 spray total) costs $53.49 at Costco.

Flonase, containing fluticasone propionate, and has been shown to be an effective treatment for many suffering with allergic rhinitis (a.k.a. hay fever). With approximately 40 million Americans experiencing indoor/outdoor allergies, this news should help many sufferers. A 60-spray single package is $13.99 at Target this week plus you can take advantage of additional savings by using the $3 coupon in last Sunday’s newspaper. A three-pack, 120-spray package is $53.49 at Costco.

To find out if Flonase or other nasal steroids could work for you or someone in your family, call (502) 882-2063 to make an appointment. We are happy to find a plan to help you find relief.

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Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to create a doctor-patient relationship with any reader. If you need personalized medical advice, contact your primary care physician or other physician in your community.