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The Rise of Spring Allergies: Fact or Fiction?

Santa Monica, CA –

The spring allergy season could be the worst yet, or at least that is what you might hear. Every year is identified as being the worst for allergy sufferers, but are spring allergies really on the rise?

“There are many events that can help predict how bothersome the spring allergy season will be,” said allergist Dr. Bernard Geller, Allergy & Clinical Immunology Medical Group. “While it’s true that allergies are on the rise and affecting more Americans than ever, each spring isn’t necessarily worse than the last.”

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), 23.6 million Americans were diagnosed with hay fever in the last year. The prevalence of allergies is surging upward, with as many as 30 percent of adults and up to 40 percent of children having at least one allergy.

Following are factors that influence the severity of allergy season, along with some explanations about why more Americans are being diagnosed with allergies.






While many allergy sufferers reach for over-the-counter medications to find relief, if you think you have allergies, see a board-certified allergist. An allergist can perform testing to accurately diagnose and treat sufferers so the spring sneezing season doesn’t have to be bothersome.


“Over-the-counter medications may work for those with mild symptoms, but they can cause a variety of unwanted side effects,” said Dr. Bernard Geller, Allergy & Clinical Immunology Medical Group. “For sufferers with persistent symptoms, treatment may include allergy shots, which not only provide symptom relief, but also modify and prevent disease progression.”


Dora Afrahim, MPAP, PA-C

Allergy & Clinical Immunology Medical Group

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Dora Afrahim, PA-C Dora Afrahim is a board-certified Physician Assistant. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and then received her Master's degree from Keck School of Medicine USC. Her training includes general medicine as well as diagnosing and developing individualized treatment plans for patients who suffer from allergies, asthma, and other disorders of the immune system. Dora is a Southern California native and was inspired to specialize in Allergy & Immunology by her desire to help improve her patient’s quality of life. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, hiking, traveling and volunteering.

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