The most common complaints of seasonal allergy sufferers are runny nose, sneezing, cough, itchy, watery, and/or puffy eyes, and nasal congestion. Symptoms may persist without much improvement for weeks or even months, as opposed to a cold, which should clear up in seven to ten days.
In Southern California, we experience astronomically high pollen counts starting in December/January. Just as that season ends, other tree pollens become a problem all the way until June. Grass pollen can cause allergy issues March through September. Fall sees a spike in other weed pollens from August through November. Mold spores float through the air like pollen, with levels peaking in late summer.
Diagnosis & Treatment Options
We are here to bring you relief from seasonal allergies! Dr. Schulte has vast experience diagnosing and treating these issues. We will consult with you on your medical history and symptoms, and then recommend skin or blood testing so we can get to the source of your allergies.
After diagnosis, we will tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs. We explain lifestyle measures that can help you avoid allergy triggers. Some patients have success with allergy medications that we will discuss with you. Additionally, we offer treatment options including oral immunotherapy and allergy shots. Patients who go the allergy shot route frequently receive a personalized, tailored Cluster Immunotherapy plan from our doctors, which provides faster results than traditional immunotherapy. The allergy shots and oral immunotherapy decrease your immune response to allergens and mitigate symptoms. Our goal is to get you enjoying the outdoors without fear of the allergens floating through the air!
Seasonal Allergies Facts
Source: Penn Medicine
After a thunderstorm, mold spores, grass, and plant pollen are disturbed and released into the air. The day after a rainstorm, the pollen counts go up and allergy symptoms are triggered.)