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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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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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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The Most Common Allergy Treatments for Respiratory, Epidermal, and Asthma Conditions

Respiratory and epidermal conditions, as well as asthma, can often be effectively treated by your allergist. The right treatment for you will depend on the root cause of the allergy, as well as the severity of your symptoms. 

Allergy Treatment for Respiratory Conditions

Sinusitis, or rhinosinusitis, is a condition that causes inflammation in the sinus lining. This condition can be caused by allergies, such as hay fever, or an infection. Sinusitis causes facial pain or pressure, nasal congestion, a runny nose, and/or headaches. 

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Ways to Keep Your Kindergartner Focused in Virtual Learning in Spite of Allergies

Florida’s schools are closed for the remainder of the academic year, much to the dismay of every kindergarten parent. Kindergartners are notorious for lacking focus and drive to learn. They don’t yet understand why learning is important or why they should pay attention in class. When that class is divided among 30 homes instead of 30 desks, there’s no doubt that many kindergarteners are falling behind.

One of the biggest challenges for many children is sitting still through classes when they are suffering from allergies. The indoor air quality of public schools is tightly controlled. But when your child is at home, they are exposed to dander, dust mites, and other allergens that can exacerbate symptoms. 

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Goodbye Pollen, Hello Dust Mites: Surviving Winter Indoor Allergies

Allergy patients all over Florida are always relieved as the holidays draw near. Due to our climate, November through February are the only months that most pollen or hayfever allergies die down. Unfortunately, many people also have indoor allergies to things like dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens. These allergies can be as bad or worse than the symptoms you experience during the rest of the year.

Just like other allergies, indoor allergens can cause a reaction in some people and not others, and some patients can go years before they have a reaction. If you usually spend your time outside or away from home and are spending more time at home than ever like most Americans, you may be having some allergy symptoms you didn’t notice before.

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How to Figure Out What Is Causing Your Hives

Do you have painful or itchy bumps on your skin without any apparent cause? These are usually hives, and there are a lot of different things that can bring them about. With so many potential causes, it can be difficult to know whether or not to see a doctor; and, if so, what type of doctor. Here is what you need to know about hives, how they are diagnosed, and where to start.

Potential causes of hives

Hives can often be an allergic reaction, but not always. Sometimes hives are caused by mental, physical, or emotional stress. People with chronic illnesses or chronic pain may get hives, as well as people who have high anxiety or panic attacks. Being in a stressful life situation, such as an abusive relationship, can also cause hives. So how do you know what is causing your hives and how to treat them?

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When Does Florida Allergy Season End?

Are you new to Florida? Even if you’re a long-time Florida resident, if you have never dealt with allergies in the past you could be getting very frustrated. You hear about seasonal allergies all the time, and most parts of the country have the worst pollen counts in the spring. But in Florida things are a bit different. Because of the tropical climate, Floridians can expect to experience allergy symptoms for much longer than the average American.

But when will the madness end? After all, you may have been experiencing allergy symptoms since February when pollens first start to fly in the area. Unfortunately, even though the temps are about to get a bit cooler, allergy season is still going to be around for a couple more months.

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