Do you need to carry a box of tissues everywhere you go because of your constant runny nose? Then you may have hay fever, which is a common type of allergy that affects about 40 million Americans. At South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group, with four convenient office locations in San Jose, Los Gatos, Mountain View, and Redwood City, California, the board-certified allergy and immunology physicians can provide the expert care you need to alleviate your chronic hay fever symptoms. To schedule an evaluation, call the office nearest you or use the online booking tool.
Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a type of allergy that causes various symptoms that affect your nose.
With hay fever, your immune system mistakenly identifies substances you breathe in as foreign invaders, which triggers your immune cells to release chemicals that cause the allergic reaction.
Your hay fever may be:
With seasonal allergic rhinitis, you may experience your symptoms in the spring, summer, or fall due to sensitivities to mold or pollen.
If your hay fever symptoms occur year-round, you may have perennial allergic rhinitis. Sensitivities to dust mites, pet dander, cockroaches, or mold, cause this type of allergy.
In addition to the allergic reaction, hay fever also causes inflammation of your nasal lining, making your nose more sensitive to irritants such as smoke, strong odors, and changes in temperature or humidity.
Hay fever symptoms typically affect the nose. Common symptoms include:
However, you may also experience itchy eyes or ears, eye tearing, or develop dark circles under your eyes.
South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group conducts comprehensive evaluations to not only diagnose hay fever but also identify the allergen responsible for your symptoms. During your evaluation, your doctor reviews your symptoms and takes a thorough health history.
Then, they recommend a skin test or blood test to identify your hay fever triggers. The skin test provides a more accurate diagnosis. However, your doctor may recommend a blood test as a screening tool to confirm or rule out suspected allergens.
Initial treatment for hay fever involves avoiding the allergen that triggers your symptoms. South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group works closely with you to help you develop a plan that limits exposure. To manage symptoms, your doctor may recommend various medications such as:
Your doctor may also recommend allergy immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots. These shots work like a vaccine and help your body develop immunity or tolerance to the allergen.
Allergy shots are currently the most effective treatment for hay fever and lead to long-lasting relief of allergy symptoms for many people.
To schedule your hay fever evaluation, call South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group, or use the online booking tool.