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August 2018 : The Unwelcome Fall Visitor: Ragweed

Nationwide, Ragweed is the most important cause of intense seasonal allergies. The reason ragweed is intense and prolific is that it can grow almost anywhere. It's often the first weed to pop through cracks in the concrete or thin layer of topsoil. It not only takes over in fields, ditches and along roadways, but also in cities and suburbs where there is a large amount of construction going on. In the DFW area, ragweed pollinates between mid-August and our first hard freeze. But with our first freeze falling around November 22nd, that can mean a whole lot of misery. About 17% percent of the population suffers from Hay Fever or Allergic Rhinitis associated with ragweed pollen. But if you are among the 17%, the symptoms can significantly affect your quality of life. Symptoms include sneezing, itchy eyes, itchy ears, itchy nose, itchy throat, clear runny nose, stuffy nose and post nasal drip. Nasal congestion can frequently interfere with a good night's sleep making already untolerable symptoms, worse.
The best advice from your Allergist is to stay inside when the ragweed pollen count is high and use an over-the-counter nasal spray or antihistamine. If you must spend time outside when the ragweed counts are high, when you come back inside, take a shower using a good soap and shampoo. Don't lie on your furniture or bedding without showering or you will be inhaling the pollen you brought back in with you all night long.
If over the counter remedies aren't working for you, make an appointment to see your Allergist. There are plenty of treatment options available including: allergen specific immunotherapy (allergy shots), ragweed tablets (under the tongue) and many different types of medication.~~~ Make an appointment to see your Allergist for a treatment plan tailored to your lifestyle and live your best life now.

May 2017 : Taking the Sting out of Summer: Navigating Stinging Insect Anaphylaxis

Summer is finally here!  This means more time outside and more exposure to those pesky stinging insects.  A sting from a bee, wasp, hornet, or fire ant is never pleasant.  But occasionally, a sting can produce a life threatening allergic reaction called anaphalaxis.  One question that we receive over and over again is, “How can I tell the difference between a normal reaction, and a potentially life threatening reaction or anaphalaxis?”