Spring Allergies

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I just went on a nice long walk through the park, and it’s very clear that spring is here. You know why? Because I can’t breathe through my nose anymore. The allergens are out in full bloom.

This is the time of year when many people schedule an appointment with their family doctor for an allergy evaluation. It turns out that most patients that go in to see their physician do not, in fact, have allergies, but respiratory tract infections. It seems that the word on the street is that most everyone is prone to allergies to an extent, especially during certain times of the year.  It is an understandable thought, with all the trees in bloom and the tree pollen counts greater than they ever are in the whole year. While allergy is a common, and greater prevalent malady, it only noticeably afflicts 20% of the population. It’s important to understand whether or not you may suffer from allergies or not. Knowing that you would not benefit from antihistamine medications or allergy shots is clearly of help to you and to your wallets.

When many people find out that they do not have allergies, and wasted a lot of time and money finding out that they have an entirely different illness, things don’t always go so well!

So, to those 80% of people without allergies, go out and smell the roses. To the 20% who do suffer from springtime allergies, go visit your doctor if you haven’t already done so!