Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is caused by pollen and other allergens such as pet dander, mold, dust mites, and cockroach particles. Contrary to its name, hay fever is not a fever—it is an allergic reaction to certain triggers. Hay fever can either be seasonal, meaning you experience it only during certain allergen-heavy seasons, or you can have allergic rhinitis all year round.
If you have seasonal or perennial hay fever, schedule an appointment by calling 478-787-4728.
Hay Fever Treatments
Before treating your allergies, Dr. Langford will perform an allergy test to determine which allergens your body reacts to. An allergy test can comprise of a skin test or a blood test, and the process is quick and easy with minimal discomfort.
Once we determine which allergens are causing your allergic rhinitis, we will help you develop a treatment plan and teach you how to follow it. Common treatments include:
- Nasal spray
- Eye drops
Immunotherapy for Hay Fever
Immunotherapy, also called allergy shots, is a preventative allergy treatment that teaches your immune system to stop reacting to an allergen. Sublingual immunotherapy accomplishes the same goal through a tablet placed under your tongue. This is not only an effective treatment for allergic rhinitis, but it is also the only way to successfully treat the cause of your allergies and reduce the number of allergy medications you rely on.
Symptoms of Hay Fever
Sometimes, it can be hard for patients to know whether they have a cold or are experiencing allergic rhinitis symptoms. That’s why it’s important to pay close attention to your symptoms and schedule an appointment at Langford Allergy if you believe you could have allergic rhinitis.
If the following symptoms last longer than a few days, you might have allergic rhinitis:
- Runny nose
- Watery, itchy eyes
- Dark circles under the eyes