Reactions to seasonal pollen are one of the most common complaints of allergic individuals. At McGovern Allergy and Asthma Clinic, our physicians have had years of experience diagnosing and treating this type of condition. We can design a program uniquely suited to managing your situation, so that you can once again enjoy yourself in the great outdoors.
Pollen helps keep our planet green by generating new plant growth, but it is also the bane of many an allergy sufferer's existence. The kind of pollen that typically causes allergies is no wider than a human hair. It is produced mainly by grasses, trees, and weeds, such as ragweed. Flowers, which usually produce larger grains of pollen that can be carried by insects, are not responsible for pollen allergies.
During pollen season, which runs from spring through fall, these tiny particles waft through the air, where we can inhale them. Many factors affect pollen counts, but windiness and humidity are the main ones. When the air is wet, pollen tends to stick to surfaces, but in dry spells, it floats about much more freely. You can find up-to-date pollen counts for the Houston area on our website.
Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is the term used to describe allergies to airborne pollen. People with hay fever suffer from congestion, sneezing, and itchy eyes, ears, and/or nose. Our physicians will typically prescribe an antihistamine, decongestant, or both in order to relieve these symptoms. Other relief methods include taking such precautions as shutting windows; avoiding chores like raking and lawn-mowing; and staying inside when pollen counts are greatest. For more advice on medications and other ways to alleviate your pollen allergies, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with one of our specialists.