Spring has finally arrived in the Northeast, bringing warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, and, unfortunately, seasonal allergies. For those who suffer from allergies, enjoying the great outdoors can feel like a mixed bag, gloriously invigorating while uncomfortable and frustrating.
At the office of North Jersey Pulmonary Associates, we understand the impact that seasonal allergies can have on your respiratory health, particularly for those who also have asthma.
Seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, get triggered by pollen, which can vary by region and month. For example: in the Northeast, where our office is located, March and April fill the air with tree pollen, while grass pollen dominates in the late spring, weed pollen in the summer, and ragweed from late summer to the first frost.
The connection between seasonal allergies and asthma
When these allergens enter the body, the immune system releases histamine and other chemicals, causing symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and throat irritation. These symptoms can also exacerbate existing respiratory conditions such as asthma.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the airways, and allergens are a common trigger. When allergens enter the airways of someone with asthma, they can cause inflammation and swelling, which in turn leads to wheezing, coughing, and difficulty breathing. A situation like this is particularly dangerous for those with severe asthma—precipitating an asthma attack and even hospitalization.
Allergy awareness and a little self-care go a long way.
We offer the following recommendations to those with allergies and asthma to minimize their exposure to pollen:
The value of skilled, experienced care
If you suffer from allergies and asthma, it is essential to work with an experienced and qualified medical professional to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs. At the office of North Jersey Pulmonary Associates, our specialists remain dedicated to helping every patient breathe easier and enjoy optimal respiratory health every season of the year. We provide support, guidance, and therapeutic care needed during allergy season and beyond.
By North Jersey Pulmonary Associates
April 19, 2023