Allergies: There is Something in the Air!

Spring is here and, as the flowers bloom and the days become warmer, we find ourselves spending more time outdoors.  Unfortunately, with spring flowers comes an increase in the number of allergens in the air.  Allergy sufferers experience symptoms from sneezing and a runny nose to itchy, watery, red eyes.

An astounding 67 million Americans (according to http://www.pollen.com/about_allergies.asp) suffer from a variety of allergic conditions and 50% of those individuals experience some degree of ocular allergies.1 This equates to one in every five individuals in the U.S.1 Approximately 95% of allergy sufferers are afflicted with allergic rhinitis, which are symptoms that primarily affect the nose and eyes when the allergic agent is breathed in.2 Allergies are not only uncomfortable, but they can be a hindrance to daily life, especially when contact lens wearers can no longer enjoy the convenience of their lenses.

In order to treat allergy symptoms many people use antihistamines such as Zyrtec, Benadryl, and Clariton.  These medications will alleviate a runny nose and watery eyes, but can cause dryness and make our eyes red and irritated.  When our eyes are dry they not only feel more irritated, but the allergens in the air are no longer effectively washed away by our tears.

If you are suffering from any of the above mentioned symptoms please feel free to call or come in for an assessment and we can individualize a treatment plan that is right for you.

References:

  1. 1. Airborne allergens: Something in the air. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. NIH Publication No. 03-7045. 2003
  2. 2. Nathan RA. The burden of allergic rhinitis. Allergy Asthma Proc. 2007 Jan-Feb; 28 (1): 3-9
Janay - July 28, 2011 - 6:03 am

Whoever wrote this, you know how to make a good arctile.

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