allergy and immunology

Be prepared when spring allergies strike

The recent batch of mild weather has prompted thoughts of an early spring. But for allergy sufferers that may not be such as great thing.

Spring allergies can bring several unpleasant symptoms, including a runny nose and watery eyes.

If allergies keep you from enjoying the warmer weather, consider seeing Dr. Hamsa Subramanian, a Signature Medical Group doctor specializing in allergies and immunology.

Her services include:

  • Treatment of allergy symptoms.
  • Treatment of allergy-induced asthma and eczema, which are frequently triggered in the spring.
  • Skin testing for seasonal or any other allergies you may have.

The biggest spring allergy trigger is pollen, health experts say. Trees, grasses, and weeds release these tiny grains into the air to fertilize other plants. When they get into the nose of someone who’s allergic, they send the body’s defenses haywire.

The immune system mistakenly sees the pollen as a danger and releases antibodies that attack the allergens. That leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood. Histamines trigger the runny nose, itchy eyes, and other symptoms that are all too familiar if you have allergies.

Pollen can travel for miles, so it’s not just about the plants in your neighborhood.

Those who have experienced spring allergy symptoms in the past should make an appointment now with Dr. Subramanian so you’ll be able to enjoy the real spring when it arrives.