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Four Things You Might Not Know About Fall Allergies

Are you sneezing, wheezing, have a runny nose and itchy eyes. Or are you just feeling down and defeated? Fall allergies can sneak up on you.

These seasonal allergy management tips can help:

  • Buy a dehumidifier.
  • Stay clean.
  • Check pollen levels.
  • Avoid hanging clothes outdoors to dry.
  • Take an OTC antihistamine.
  • Buy hypoallergenic filters.
  • Use an air conditioner at night.
  • See a doctor if needed.

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What is Sinusitis? - Overview and Treaments

Posted by Potomac ENT September 13th, 2017

Sinusitis is defined as an inflammation of the sinus lining, and is commonly caused by structural issues such as ostial blockage, bacterial infections, viral infections or a combination of these.

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Dust Allergy TriggersAllergy Dust Mite

Some common dust mite allergy symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, irritated eyes, scratchy throat, coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. These same symptoms can be caused by a variety of other allergens as well, so consult your allergist for testing.

People who have dust allergies are familiar with sneezing—but sneezing isn’t the only uncomfortable symptom. Dust allergies also give many people a stuffy or runny nose, or cause their eyes to itch or become red and watery. Learn More

Dust Allergy Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Red, itchy or teary eyes
  • Wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath

Dust Allergy Triggers

  • Dust mites
  • Cockroaches
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Pet hair, fur or feathers

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Seasonal Allergy Weed

Ragweed Allergy Potomac ENTThe pollen from ragweed causes allergy symptoms in many people. These symptoms include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, and itchy throat. While many people regard spring as prime pollen season, one type of pollen wreaks havoc in the late summer and fall. Ragweed pollen usually reaches peak levels in mid-September; this type of pollen can cause seasonal allergic rhinitis (more commonly known as hay fever), which affects as many as 23 million America. Learn More

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Seasonal Allergy Grass

Grass Allergy Potomac ENTAllergy to grasses is very common. Grass allergies can present in a variety of ways, including nasal symptoms (runny nose, stuffiness, sneezing), asthma, and eye symptoms (itchy, watery/red eyes). People can also have skin rashes (hives or skin welts) after exposure to grasses, but this is much less common. Grass allergies are prevalent because grass pollen scatters in the wind, which is different from pollen that gets moved around by insects, so you are more likely to breathe it in and thus develop symptoms. In most regions of the United States, grass usually pollinates in the late spring season (April through early June).
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Molds grow quickly in heat and high humidity

Molds live everywhere—on logs and on fallen leaves, and in moist places like bathrooms and kitchens. Some people are allergic to these molds. An allergy occurs when you react to things like mold or pollen (called allergens) that don’t affect most people. Learn more

Seasonal Allergy Pollen

Pollen levels tend to peak in the morning hours.
Some common symptoms of a pollen allergy may include sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, and nasal congestion. Allergy testing by an allergist can verify whether you're reacting to pollen or have an allergy to another substance, such as mold, dust mites, or pet dander.

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Did You Know? 

At Potomac ENT we have a robust Allergy Center overseen by a physician that is board-certified in Otolaryngic Allergy and staffed by allergy nurses that handles allergy treatments via immunotherapy! 

Learn more about our Allergy Services

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