Nearly 10% of American adults suffer from hay fever. If you experience cold-like symptoms brought on by exposure to allergens like pollen, pet dander, or dust mites, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Ulrike Ziegner at Riviera Allergy Medical Center in Redondo Beach, California.
Hay fever, which is also referred to as allergic rhinitis, is an allergic response to:
Symptoms occur in fall, spring, and summer.
The symptoms of hay fever are similar to those of the common cold. The signs include:
Seasonal hay fever symptoms occur in spring, summer and early fall. Perennial symptoms occur year-round.
To diagnose hayfever, Dr. Ziegner performs a physical examination and gathers your medical and family history. This information helps her pinpoint the cause of your hay fever. She also completes one of three tests:
It is best to limit your exposure to the substances that cause your hay fever. If your hay fever isn't too severe, Dr. Ziegner recommends over-the-counter medications to help with the symptoms. Rinsing out your nose using distilled or sterilized water with saline, prescription medicines, and nasal sprays also relieve symptoms. Allergy shots help make you less sensitive to pollen and provide long-term relief.
If you experience cold-like symptoms brought on by exposure to allergens like pollen and pet dander, call or make an appointment today with Dr. Ulrike Ziegner at Riviera Allergy Medical Center in Redondo Beach, California.