It has not been an easy spring this year with the flu season lasting longer than usual. This time of year most patients are dealing with allergies due to everything in bloom.

Allergies usually presents with itchy/watery eyes, headaches, runny nose/congestion, scratchy throat, post nasal drainage, and cough. Allergies can be treated with antihistamines, decongestants, eye drops, nasal sprays, cough meds and even immunotherapy.

Immunotherapy is treatment for those patients that have been tested and diagnosed with allergies to environmental issues and/or foods. Allergy testing consists of small skin pricks forming a wheal with different allergens that is measured over a short period of time. The size of the wheal determines how allergic the patient is to the allergen. Once a patient is tested and allergies detected, a serum can be made specific to the allergens for that patient to be given on a schedule to build up their immunity to their allergies. Allergy testing and the immunotherapy is available at the clinic with Amy Davis, allergy technologist with United Allergy Systems.

So if you are suffering from “chronic” allergy issues that are not relieved with over the counter or prescription medications, call and schedule an appointment today to be evaluated and treated so that you can get back to enjoying living again.