Methods of Addressing Pollen-Related Allergies


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Dr Frank Brettschneider

Dr. Frank Brettschneider holds a doctor of otolaryngology and has led Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat, PC, in Michigan for nearly three decades. Areas in which Dr. Frank Brettschneider has extensive experience include sleep apnea, dizziness, ear infections, and allergies.

One of the most common types of allergies is the pollen allergy, with hay fever particularly acute in the springtime when plants and flowers send their pollen into the air while blooming. Common producers of pollen include grasses, weeds, and trees such as oak and cedar.

For those who are sensitive to pollen, the body’s immune system reacts to pollen by producing histamine. This causes symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing, a stuffy or runny nose, and wheezing.

One common way of addressing hay fever is through over-the-counter antihistamines, which work to block the histamine produced by the body. In other cases, medicines may be prescribed that block allergy-triggering chemicals other than histamines.

For those with persistent symptoms, allergy shots may be recommended over an extended period of time. With this treatment, an allergy specialist delivers injections containing minuscule amounts of the problematic pollen. Continued exposure accustoms the body to the trigger pollen and ultimately eases symptoms.