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Doctor Is In: Allergies

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On Wednesday at 9:00 a.m., Dr. Christian Nageotte, Henry Ford Hospital Allergist joins Deena Centofanti in a live chat room to answer your questions about allergies.

Spring Allergies:
Spring is in the air, and so are billions of tiny pollens that trigger allergy symptoms in millions of people. This condition is called seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever.
Hay fever can affect your quality of life. It can lead to sinus infections, can disrupt your sleep and af fect your ability to learn at school or be productive at work.

Symptoms include:
Itching in the nose, roof of the mouth,
throat, eyes
Sneezing
Stuffy nose (congestion)
Runny nose
Tearing eyes
Dark circles under the eyes

Depending on where you live, there are generally three pollen seasons. The start and end dates of these seasons, as well as the specific plants, vary based on the climate.

Trees generally pollinate in the spring. Birch, cedar, cottonwood and pine are big allergy
triggers.

Grass releases its pollen in the summer. Timothy and Johnson, and Rye grasses are examples
of allergens in this category.

Weeds cause hay fever in the fall. Ragweed is the biggest offender as it can grow in nearly
every environment.

Avoiding your allergy triggers is the best way
to reduce symptoms:

Limit outdoor activities during days with high pollen counts.
Keep windows closed (at home or in the car) to keep pollens out.
Take a shower after coming indoors. Otherwise, pollen in your hair may bother you all night.

Great thing to get, the free pollen app: http://www.aaaai.org/global/nab-pollen-counts.aspx
Get the pollen count on your iPhone, iPad, Android or Blackeberry.

MORE THAN SPRING -- ALLERGIES OVERALL: http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies.aspx

Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment & Management

Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide. Allergy symptoms of allergies range from making you miserable to putting you at risk for life-threatening reactions.

According to the leading experts in allergy, an allergic reaction begins in the immune system. Our immune system protects us from invading organisms that can cause illness. If you have an allergy, your immune system mistakes an otherwise harmless substance as an invader. This substance is called an allergen. The immune system overreacts to the allergen by producing Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies travel to cells that release histamine and other chemicals, causing an allergic reaction.

Allergy Symptoms

An allergic reaction typically triggers symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach or on the skin. For some people, allergies can also trigger symptoms of asthma. In the most serious cases, a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis (an-a-fi-LAK-sis) can occur.

A number of different allergens are responsible for allergic reactions. The most common include:
•    Pollen
•    Dust
•    Food
•    Insect stings
•    Animal dander
•    Mold
•    Medications
•    Latex

Allergy Diagnosis

If you or your child have allergy symptoms, an allergist / immunologist, often referred to as an allergist, can help with a diagnosis. An allergist has advanced training and experience to properly diagnose your condition and prescribe an allergy treatment and management plan to help you feel better and live better.

Learn about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment & management for these allergies

Anaphylaxis »

Anaphylaxis is a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction. The most common anaphylactic reactions are to food, insect stings, medications and latex.

Drug Allergy »

Adverse reactions to medications are common. Could your reaction be allergic?

Eye Allergy »

The first step toward relief from annoying eye allergy symptoms is proper diagnosis.

Food Allergy »

Some of the symptoms of food intolerance and food allergy are similar. Yet the differences between the two are very important.

Latex Allergy »

Latex allergies are most common in people who have regular exposure to latex products.

Mold Allergy »

Many people allergic to mold develop symptoms outdoors on days when mold spores are in the air. You may also have symptoms indoors if mold is in your home, school or workplace.

Pet Allergy »

It isn't your pet's hair or fur that causes an allergic reaction or aggravates asthma. It is the protein found in a pet's dander, skin flakes, saliva and urine.

Rhinitis »

Seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is most often caused by pollen. Perennial allergic rhinitis is triggered by common indoor allergens.

Sinusitis (Rhinosinusitis) »

People with allergic rhinitis or asthma are more likely to suffer from chronic rhinosinusitus (sinusitis).

Skin Allergy »

When is a skin rash, swollen or itchy skin due to allergies?

Stinging Insect Allergy »

Most of us develop redness and swelling at the site of an insect bite. Yet people with an insect allergy are at risk for a much more serious reaction.

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