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Wouldn’t it be lovely to breathe easy year round? Well, it might be possible if your allergies weren’t acting up.

Responses may include irritated itchy eyes, stuffy nose and other nasal miseries, and in some cases, the allergies can progress to asthma.

Identifying the cause that triggers the allergy is necessary to address the condition. For example, prevalent pecan tree pollen in the spring can quickly stuff up the sinuses.

Defined as an altered immune response, or heightened sensitivity, to a usually harmless substance, allergies can cause interferences with sleep and general sense of well-being.

Avoidance is the first-line of defense. For instance, a patient allergic to dogs or cats should avoid contact.

For most allergens, however, avoidance isn’t a practical option, so some sufferers have to take medications, such as nasal sprays, eye drops or antihistamines, for symptomatic relief.

If necessary, allergy testing – usually on the patient’s skin – is conducted. For some patients, this progresses to treatment with allergy shots.

Those suffering repeated allergic reactions should see a qualified allergist to discuss treatment options.​​

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Eric Sandberg, MD

​I believe both the patient and doctor need to communicate about the basic mechanisms behind the medical problems that we face. A deeper understanding often allows a more productive discussion of options and provides the motivation for applying treatments in the most effective manner.