Advice for springtime allergies

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While springtime reintroduces us to warmer weather and pretty, blooming plants each year, it also marks a spike in allergy symptoms and complications.

When allergy symptoms are triggered by the pollen in the air, the condition is referred to as seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever.

Hay fever can affect your quality of life; often leading to sinus infections, disrupting your sleep and affecting your ability to learn at school or perform at work.

Common symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis include itching in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat and/or eyes, sneezing, stuffy nose (congestion), runny nose, tearing eyes and dark circles under the eyes.

Aside from pollen, other common allergens that often trigger allergic reactions include dust, certain types of food, animal dander, mold, latex, certain medications and insect stings.

It is important to know the signs that indicate an allergic reaction may be turning into a life-threatening situation; which include difficulty breathing, wheezing, loss of color around the lips and unconsciousness.

If you or someone you know has been experiencing symptoms common to seasonal allergy rhinitis or other allergic reactions, it is important to get tested for allergies.

Allergy specialists will administer a skin test, challenge test and/or blood test to properly diagnose a patient’s condition and directly pinpoint what is triggering their symptoms.

Cone Health has an exceptional network of allergy and immunology specialists and other related healthcare providers dedicated to treating allergies and improving the quality of life of those who suffer from the condition.

Spokesperson Background:
Dr. Sokun Bhatti is a board-certified allergy and immunology specialist at the Allergy & Asthma Center of North Carolina and member of Cone Health Medical Group.

Dr. Bhatti is a 1997 graduate of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her residency in internal medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland and her fellowship in allergy and immunology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.