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What is an allergy?

An allergy is your immune system’s negative response to allergens, such as something you eat, inhale, or touch. The reactions your body has can range from mild to severe, depending on how your body responds.

So how can you tell if you’re suffering from allergies?

The most common symptoms are:

Transition of Summer to Fall in the South means cooler weather, less humidity, and unfortunately another round of pollination. Ragweed is the most common of the Fall allergens that negatively effects over 20 million people in the United States each year.

Did you know that one Ragweed plant can produce one billion pollen grains during a single season? You’ve probably seen these notorious yellow plants on the side of the road, in fields and pastures, and even vacant lots. Besides Ragweed, there is also an increase in mold spores in the air. These airborne particles are easily inhaled and can cause reactions like those listed above.

There are a few ways to minimize the allergies if you are prone to reactions, such as wearing a face mask when doing yard work, or minimizing your time outdoors if your allergies are more severe.

If your reactions persist or worsen, consider speaking with your healthcare provider or ENT specialist to create a plan to manage your allergies. Don’t have an ENT yet? Call us today to schedule your consultation.

Posted by Northeast Atlanta ENT
Offices in Johns Creek, Dacula, & Lawrenceville, GA

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