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Seasonal Allergies Specialist

Allergy and Clinical Immunology Medical Group

Allergy & Immunology located in Santa Monica, CA

If you or your child are always coughing or congested, it may be due to seasonal allergies rather than the common cold or another illness. Testing and treatment for seasonal allergies are available from the expert team at the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Medical Group in Santa Monica, California. Allergists Bernard Geller, MD, Ph.D., and Sanny Chan, MD, Ph.D. provides personalized care for seasonal allergies so you can get relief and enjoy the change of seasons more. To set up a consultation, call the office or request a visit online today.

Seasonal Allergies

What are the signs of seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies are sometimes called hay fever or allergic rhinitis and can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms at specific times of the year. Common seasonal allergy symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose and/or throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Clear, runny nose
  • Coughing

Although seasonal allergies can start at any age, most people develop them by the age of 10 with a peak in symptoms in their early 20s. Symptoms tend to subside later in adulthood, though allergy medications may be useful on an as-needed basis.

What causes seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies are caused by an immune system reaction to mold spores or pollen that are released into the environment by blooming plants, trees, and flowers at specific times of the year. When your immune system identifies an allergen your body produces a chemical, called histamine, to protect your body from infection. The release of histamine is responsible for the symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Seasonal allergies are worst from spring through fall, when most plants are blooming. Relief typically occurs in colder, wetter months when are fewer mold and pollen allergens in the air.

How are seasonal allergies diagnosed?

Dr. Geller and Dr. Chan diagnose seasonal allergies based on your symptoms and the season in which they occur.

If more testing is needed to diagnose your allergies or confirm your diagnosis, Dr. Geller and Dr. Chan may perform a skin scratch (prick) test or allergen-specific immunoglobulin test to identify your specific allergy. This can help your doctors to develop an appropriate treatment plan for the maximum relief from your symptoms.

How are seasonal allergies treated?

Dr. Geller and Dr. Chan provide a variety of recommendations to address seasonal allergies, such as:

  • Removing allergenic plants and flowers from your home and yard
  • Keeping your windows and doors closed during allergy season
  • Installing air filters in your home

They may also recommend specific treatments or medications based on the severity of your symptoms. These options include:

  • Corticosteroid nasal sprays
  • Antihistamines
  • Eye drops
  • Decongestants
  • Allergen immunotherapy, such as injections, allergy cluster shots, or allergy drops

Relief from seasonal allergies is possible with the right treatment from Dr. Geller and Dr. Chan.

To schedule a visit for your seasonal allergies at the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Medical Group, call or request an appointment online now.