MIAMI – March 15, 2012 – March 20th marks the start of spring and South Florida allergy sufferers will surely feel the shift as pollinating plants and trees wreak havoc on itchy eyes and stuffy noses. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), seasonal allergic Rhinitis, or hay fever, affects 35 million people in the United States. With the amount of pollen floating in the air four times greater than what observers consider to be high, Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care wants to help you be prepared.
Prevention is key to managing spring allergies and can help hay fever sufferers minimize exposure. Staying indoors as much as possible between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. when pollen counts are at their peak, keeping windows closed and using HEPA air filters, as well as hypo-allergenic mattress and pillow covers, are just a few of the measures allergy sufferers can take at home to help with symptoms. Knowing which plants in your vicinity produce more pollen than others is also essential. Local spring blooming plants and trees such as: Melaleuca, Olive, Mango, Palm Coconut and Virginia Live Oak are major culprits in South Florida. Before stepping out of the house, make sure to check the daily pollen count at Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care’s website: www.florida-allergy.com.[blockquote author_name=”Jaime Landman, M.D.” width=”75%” float=”left”]We live in one of the most beautiful places in the country. As the spring comes and pollen goes up don’t let the environment ruin your days; go see your allergist and let them help you breathe easy once again[/blockquote]
People who have a hereditary history of asthma or eczema also tend to be more susceptible to hay fever. Symptoms often include: sneezing, wheezing, itchy or sore throat, itchy or watery eyes, runny nose, fatigue, trouble sleeping and congestion, which are many times confused for a regular cold. Antihistamines and decongestants, which can sometimes cause side effects, are effective in treating some mild cases, but it is suggested that anyone experiencing pollen allergies visit their physician for proper diagnosis and seek treatment from an allergy specialist. Often undergoing allergy testing is the only way to find out for sure exactly what’s triggering your immune system into over-action.
With 17 locations in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care can help you get your symptoms under control. For an office near you, visit www.florida-allergy.com or call 1- 877- 425-5374.
About Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care
Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care has been in business since 1974 and has board certified physicians with extensive experience in treating both adults and children. FCAAC has multiple centers throughout South Florida, serving communities in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. FCAAC specializes in the testing and treatment of adults and children who suffer from allergies, asthma and other disorders of the immune system. Among the most common allergies treated are allergic skin diseases, food, drug and pet allergies. Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care Research conducts clinical trials on new medications. The goal of the FCAAC team is to provide professional and quality care resulting in total patient satisfaction.