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Can Allergies Trigger Asthma?

Allergies and asthma are closely related conditions. An allergic reaction can trigger an asthma attack for people with asthma, causing allergy-induced asthma or allergic asthma. This makes it crucial for people with asthma to be aware of allergens and how they can spur asthma attacks.

Here, we’ll discuss the link between allergies and asthma and offer tips for managing both conditions.  

Why Can An Allergic Reaction Cause an Asthma Attack?allergies trigger florida

Allergic reactions occur when the antibodies of your immune system wrongly identify a non-dangerous substance as a threat. As a result, the antibodies adhere to the allergen to protect your body, and the immune system releases certain chemicals. These chemicals can cause allergy symptoms, including runny nose, nasal congestion, and watery eyes. Some individuals also experience symptoms of the airways and lungs, which can trigger an asthma attack.  Continue reading “Can Allergies Trigger Asthma?”

Summer Allergies in Florida

Summer is fast approaching, and that means summer allergies are on the way for many Floridians. Here in the Sunshine State, allergies can derail summer plans for many people, making it difficult to fully enjoy one of the most beautiful seasons in the year.

By understanding the most common sources of summer allergies, you can more effectively get the allergy care that you need. Dr. Kratz at Kratz Allergy & Asthma can perform allergy testing, and personalized treatment plans to help you achieve relief from your allergies.

The main allergy triggers in Florida during the summer include:

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COVID-19 Vaccine and Allergies

Many people still have questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Especially for people with allergies, the choice of whether or not to get the vaccine can be a complex one. However, the CDC has provided thorough information about the COVID-19 vaccine and allergies so that you can make the right choice for your health. 

Severe vs. Immediate Allergic Reaction

Allergic reactions are considered severe if the person needs epinephrine (EpiPen) treatment or hospitalization. This is called anaphylaxis. An allergic reaction is considered immediate if it occurs within 4 hours of receiving the vaccination. Immediate allergic reactions may involve swelling, hives, and wheezing, among other symptoms. 

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When Should You See an Allergist?

If you’re experiencing allergy symptoms, an allergist can identify the allergy trigger that’s affecting you and create an individualized treatment plan, but at what point do you need to see an allergist instead of opting for over-the-counter remedies?

Mild allergies such as hay fever can often be effectively treated with non-prescription medication, leading people to wonder if they need care from a professional allergist. Here, we’ll discuss the instances in which you should see an allergist to get relief from your symptoms. 

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How To Minimize Common Indoor Allergies

Many people associate allergies with pollen and the outdoors. However, there are many indoor allergens that you need to look out for, too. The interior of your home should be a respite from exterior stressors, so minimizing indoor allergens is well worth the effort. 

Here, we’ll discuss the most common indoor allergy triggers and what you can do to minimize them. 

The Most Common Indoor Allergens

The main indoor allergens that may be found in Florida homes include:

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What You Should Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine and Allergies

The COVID-19 vaccine has brought about many questions, especially among people with allergies. Given that the vaccine has caused some rare, severe allergic reactions, people with allergies need to be informed about the risks involved in getting vaccinated. 

Allergies to Ingredients in the COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC has advised people who have had a severe allergic reaction or immediate (non-severe) allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccine not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This applies to any of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines.

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Improve Air Quality Now in Preparation for a Long Winter with Indoor Allergies

Winter may seem to be a long way away. But with a busy year ahead, it can sneak up on you. For many, the winter season brings about the year’s worst allergy symptoms, caused by indoor allergens. 

If you experience indoor allergies, there are steps that you can take now to reduce your allergy symptoms this winter. You’ll thank yourself later for improving your home’s air quality, as it will make a big difference in your winter indoor allergies. 

Indoor Allergens

As temperatures drop in the winter, people typically spend significantly more time indoors than during the rest of the year. This increases their exposure to indoor allergens. 

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Why Allergy Shots Are Our Most Effective Treatment Against Common Allergens

If you struggle with an allergy, you know that allergy symptoms can be disruptive to daily life. From sneezing, coughing, and other respiratory symptoms to skin irritation and even headaches and nausea, allergies can cause significant discomfort throughout the day. Allergy treatments can help ease this discomfort, with allergy shots being the most effective option for common allergens. 

What Are Allergy Shots?

Allergy shots are a treatment used to target allergy symptoms. This treatment option has the potential to eliminate allergy symptoms for some patients and is often a long-term allergy solution. Additionally, allergy shots can be effective in stopping the progression of allergies in children. 

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How the Peak in Allergies of Teens and Young Adults Translates into Future Allergic Reactions

Unfortunately, if you experienced allergies as a teen or young adult, you won’t necessarily outgrow them. Allergies can be lifelong, and cases can vary from one person to the next. This is why visiting an allergy specialist like Dr. Jamie Kratz can be helpful in determining the best treatment for your case. 

Here, we’ll discuss how allergies in your teenage and young adult years can translate into future allergic reactions. Whether or not you’ll experience allergic reactions to certain triggers can be unpredictable, but many treatment options are available to help you manage allergy symptoms. 

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