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Seasonal Allergies Specialist

Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology

Dermatologists & Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Pleasanton, CA

Seasonal allergies usually strike in the beautiful months of spring, summer, and fall, making it hard for you to enjoy the outdoors. Farinaz Farrahi, MD, at Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology in Pleasanton, California, provides the latest in allergy testing and treatment to help bring relief and improve your quality of life. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, call the office or book an appointment online today to learn about your treatment options.

Seasonal Allergies Q & A

What are seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies are one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States. Your body creates an allergic response when your immune system malfunctions and identifies a typically benign substance as a threat. It then releases antibodies to fight off the perceived danger. 

Common seasonal allergy triggers include:

  • Tree pollen
  • Weed pollen
  • Grass pollen
  • Mold spores

Seasonal allergies can arise most often in spring, summer, or fall, depending on what allergens trigger you most. 

They can also be regional — you may find relief when you’re on vacation in a place that doesn’t have pollen that triggers your allergies only to have the allergy resurface when you return home.

What are typical seasonal allergy symptoms?

Seasonal allergies usually affect your sinuses and respiratory system. Symptoms include:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sneezing or an itchy nose
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Itchy roof of the mouth
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Fatigue

The severity of your allergies depends on your sensitivity to the seasonal triggers. Some people may find seasonal allergy symptoms mildly annoying while for others, symptoms are intolerable.

When should I talk to a doctor about allergies?

If you find allergy symptoms interfere with your quality of life, it’s time to contact Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology. When over-the-counter interventions like allergy medications and nasal sprays don’t provide relief, the team can provide more effective treatments.

How are allergies identified?

Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology provides thorough exams and comprehensive testing to identify the triggers for your seasonal allergies. First, they review your symptoms and medical history. 

Blood tests and skin tests are used to identify your specific allergy triggers. Identifying your particular allergy triggers is critical to creating an effective treatment plan.

Skin testing involves applying a small amount of a diluted allergen to your skin and watching for a reaction. You can be tested for several suspected allergies at the same time.

What is the treatment for allergies?

Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology may prescribe medications to block your allergic response. They’ll also help guide lifestyle strategies to avoid triggers. 

This might include avoiding outdoor exercise during high pollen days or keeping your windows and doors shut and using air conditioning as much as possible.

Immunotherapy is another possible long-term treatment strategy. Immunotherapy teaches your body to recognize that allergens aren’t threatening and boost your resilience when exposed to triggers.

From relief from your seasonal allergies, call Pleasanton Allergy and Dermatology or book an appointment online today.