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Our ENT’s Can Help With Your Allergies
Floridians have the advantage of experiencing warm climate and beautiful foliage all year long; however, this can be a curse as much as it is a blessing. Blooming flora means pollen, and pollen means allergies for many people. Florida has the longest and hardest allergy seasons in the United States. For instance, ragweed peaks May to December, oak and pine tree pollen is the highest December through May, and grass pollen season is April through October.
Being proactive is one of the best ways to keep feeling great – even during allergy seasons. The first step is to be tested, to determined specific allergens that affect you, so that the specific atmospheric allergens can be tracked with the help of the National Allergy Bureau.
An allergic reaction is caused when the immune system thinks it is being attacked. The immune system is in place to defend against disease, or other potentially dangerous foreign bodies; however, there are times when this defense will attack mild and harmless things, such as feathers, pollen, dust, animal dander, food, and/or mold.
Allergies Can Effect Anyone
Allergies can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender, social status, or political views. Living well with allergies is possible by staying indoors, when certain pollen counts are high, or scheduling a vacation at the beach during peak seasons. Also, keep your home free of dust (especially in the bedroom), rid your home of carpeting (where possible), keep a dehumidifier in damp areas of your home (remember to clean it often), and wear a face mask when doing yard work.
Medications are also an effective alternative to treating allergies, such as nasal steroids that help to reduce inflammation. You can feel great indoors or outdoors, regardless of the season. Don’t let allergies keep you down or stop you from enjoying your time with nature.