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How To Conquer Your Seasonal Allergies?

Seasonal Allergies

Spring and summer are wonderful times of the year, but it can also be a time of aggravation and suffering for those with seasonal allergies. As plants, grasses and trees continue their annual cycle, they release enormous amounts of pollen into the air, causing millions of Americans to spend their days medicating, avoiding the outdoors, or just sniffling, itching and sneezing (among other symptoms). In fact, it’s estimated that more than 50 million Americans succumb to seasonal allergies every year.

What Causes Seasonal Allergies?

Ultimately, the biggest culprit when it comes to spring allergies is pollen. Trees, grasses, plants and even weeds all release these tiny grains into the air in an effort to fertilize other plants. But pollen is indiscriminate, and often it can find its way onto our bodies, our clothes and even into our homes, creating a scenario for allergy sufferers in which there’s seemingly no escape.


For those that are allergic, our immune systems mistakenly see pollen as a danger and begin releasing antibodies that attack it. The result is the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood, triggering unpleasant symptoms like runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing and shortness of breath.

What Can Be Done About Seasonal Allergies?

Generally speaking, for many individuals, seasonal allergies are simply treated as a fact of life, with little to be done about them beyond symptom mediation. For most people, being diligent about exposure and taking over the counter medications allow people to endure discomfort as best as they can. The most common ‘treatments’ are:

 

  • Oral antihistamines. Antihistamines can help relieve sneezing, itching, a runny nose and watery eyes. Examples of oral antihistamines include loratadine (Claritin, Alavert), cetirizine (Zyrtec Allergy) and fexofenadine (Allegra Allergy).
  • Decongestants. Oral decongestants such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Afrin, and thers) can provide temporary relief from nasal stuffiness. Decongestants also come in nasal sprays, such as oxymetazoline (Afrin) and phenylephrine (Neo-Synephrine). Only use nasal decongestants for a few days in a row. Longer-term use of decongestant nasal sprays can actually worsen symptoms (rebound congestion).
  • Nasal spray. Cromolyn sodium nasal spray can ease allergy symptoms and doesn’t have serious side effects, though it’s most effective when you begin using it before your symptoms start.
  • Combination medications. Some allergy medications combine an antihistamine with a decongestant. Examples include loratadine-pseudoephedrine (Claritin-D) and fexofenadine-pseudoephedrine (Allegra-D).

 

But ultimately, the treatments listed above are merely in-the-moment, temporary solutions. They mitigate and minimize the suffering for a handful of hours, which means that the return of your symptoms is inevitable, and the core issue of the allergy itself remains unsolved.

Is There A Better Way?

At AllergenIQ, we believe that seasonal allergy sufferers should have to employ this ‘band-aid’ method to treatment, instead we believe that through CLIA lab certified testing and consultation with our allergists, a comprehensive and custom-created immunotherapy program can free you from seasonal suffering. In fact, studies have shown that immunotherapy is effective in over 85% of patients when it comes to drastically reducing or eliminating allergy symptoms.


When it comes to identifying seasonal allergies in the most reliable, accurate way, there’s no substitute for IgE skin testing and/or blood testing. This is why it’s the only method AllergenIQ employs, sourcing third-party tested kits from certified labs to ensure that you can have the accuracy of an in-person allergy test from the convenience of your own home.

But what is IgE?

IgE – otherwise known as immunoglobulin – is the antibody that your body produces to defend your immune system from a stimuli it perceives as a threat. For most people, this is a good thing, but for allergy sufferers, the body overreacts to things that aren’t a threat, producing tons of IgE that has nothing to protect against: the result is the symptoms we associate with allergies, runny noses, sneezing, itchy watery eyes, and in more extreme cases life-threatening anaphylaxis. 


By measuring unique IgE markers with our blood-based at-home test, our board-certified allergists can create a very specific profile of what you’re allergic to. It’s the most accurate and proven method on the market, akin to taking an allergy ‘fingerprint’ that can be used to craft a custom-tailored treatment plan.

So Why Take An At-Home Allergy Test?

While many at-home allergy tests promote convenience and cost-effectiveness, AllergenIQ is different. We set out with the goal of creating a complete and comprehensive at-home solution for allergy sufferers, one that combined convenience and cost-effectiveness with industry-leading allergy identification, board-certified allergist education, and custom-tailored immunotherapy solutions.


While many people suffer from allergies, that may simply be considered an inconvenient part of life: one spent popping over-the-counter medications when suffering, or avoiding certain high-allergen situations. We don’t believe that allergy sufferers have to live like this anymore. With our industry-leading at-home test, you are just a click away from living a happier, healthier and ultimately allergy-free life.

Don’t let your allergies dictate your life any longer.

Take our simple quiz to see if AllergenIQ at-home allergy testing is right for you.

A journey to a happier, healthier you is only a few clicks away.

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