Skip to main content

Spring Fever

04/07/2014 01:29PM, Published by Annette Winter, Categories:




By Kelly Twedell

While spring brings in the longer days, warmer weather and beautiful blooms, for many the seasonal changes bring on dreaded allergies. From itchy eyes, sneezing and congestion, nobody can escape the annual influx of pollen during unpredictable weather patterns.

Pollen allergy can mainly manifest as upper respiratory allergy (allergic rhinitis or hay fever) and/or lower respiratory allergy (asthma). Although pollen allergy is one of the most common medical conditions and with a wide selection of over-the-counter medications and home remedies, one can still enjoy the outdoors.

Allergist and past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), Dr. Stanley M. Fineman believes that when a patient is exposed to pollen and then re-exposed later after drastic weather changes, allergic reactions are more significant because the immune system is primed to respond.

Dr. Ana MacDowell at Allergy Partners of Fayetteville shared, “despite the arsenal of modern medicine some people still have symptoms. In these cases treatment with immunotherapy (IT), commonly known as allergy shots, is a good choice because it changes the way a person’s immune system interacts with the environment making them more tolerant to their specific allergens.

In order for the colorful blooms of spring to thrive, they need the symbiotic relationship that bees bring, though a small percentage of children and adults suffer from potentially life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by bee stings.

“Bees, wasps, hornets and fire ants are the main culprits for insect stings potentially leading to a severe life-threatening allergic reaction or anaphylaxis. If a person has a history of severe allergic reaction to an insect sting, he/she can undergo an evaluation by an allergist with skin testing to these insect venoms. Insect venom injections (also known as venom immunotherapy) can be prescribed by an allergist and it is a highly effective treatment for this life-threatening condition,” said Dr. Colin Freccia of Allergy Partners of Fayetteville.

Those with insect allergies often carry a self-injectable EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector to be prepared. A more long-term approach is immunotherapy treatment through standardized insect injections.

While it’s impossible to escape the blanket of pollen that we wake up to, there are many at home remedies for seasonal allergies and plenty of over the counter products. If you really desire more relief you might want to consider getting an allergy panel of shots to determine what affects you most.  



health


  • Empowered Women Empower

    03/29/2017
    12:00PM — 04:00PM

    Join us for a day of empowerment. Lean strengths, networking, creative vulnerability and the tool...


  • Spring Dansko Trunk Show

    03/30/2017
    09:30AM — 06:00PM

    We are having our Spring Dansko Trunk Show. Our sales rep will be here on Thursday, March 30,...


  • Blast from the Past Dance

    03/30/2017
    06:00PM — 10:00PM

    Benefiting the Council on Older Adults Saturday, May 6th 6-10pm Ramada Plaza Bordeaux Conventi...


  • The Andrews Brothers

    03/30/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    A USO performance from the Andrews Sisters is in jeopardy of cancellation when they fail to appea...


  • Buy your tickets now for this premier event that will be held at Cape Fear Botanical Garden on Th...


  • Spring Dansko Trunk Show

    03/31/2017
    09:30AM — 06:00PM

    We are having our Spring Dansko Trunk Show. Our sales rep will be here on Thursday, March 30,...


  • The Andrews Brothers

    03/31/2017
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    A USO performance from the Andrews Sisters is in jeopardy of cancellation when they fail to appea...


  • The Andrews Brothers

    03/31/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    A USO performance from the Andrews Sisters is in jeopardy of cancellation when they fail to appea...


  • Spring Dansko Trunk Show

    04/01/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    We are having our Spring Dansko Trunk Show. Our sales rep will be here on Thursday, March 30,...


  • Who Let the Dogs Out?

    04/01/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    SAT, April 1, 10 am – 12 pm Cape Fear Regional Theatre welcomes FAPS (Fayetteville Animal Prot...


  • The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Presented by Ellington-White CDC As part o...


  • Cape Fear Heroes vs. Savannah Steam The Cape Fear Heroes are an independent Indoor Football Te...


  • The Andrews Brothers

    04/01/2017
    08:00PM — 10:00PM

    A USO performance from the Andrews Sisters is in jeopardy of cancellation when they fail to appea...


  • The Andrews Brothers

    04/02/2017
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    A USO performance from the Andrews Sisters is in jeopardy of cancellation when they fail to appea...


  • Isaldn Hop'n

    04/02/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Kick off North Carolina Beer Month the right way with craft beer perfectly paired with a five cou...


CityView Facebook
CityView Family Facebook