March marked the beginning of spring, but for many it was also the beginning of the allergy season.
For those who were in Sacramento, also known as the "City of Trees," we thought it might be helpful to find some useful allergy tips and answer some frequently asked questions. These could also help those who grew up here and have allergies for the first time.
How can I tell the difference between allergies and colds?
Dr. Marc Ikeda, head of the Allergy Department at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, said this was one of the most frequently asked questions. One of the keys to allergies is that they are predictable and happen at the same time each year. The main features of allergies are the itchy, watery eyes and nose, which can cause sneezing. The nasal drainage and the postnasal drip can also lead to a cough. Sometimes these can lead to a sore throat. If you have a fever and little energy, it's more of a cold. Keep in mind that allergies can also cause fatigue if you are constipated and do not get a good night's sleep. It is important to consider the pattern and your personal history with allergies.
How can I fight against severe allergies?
Dr. Ikeda recommends three ways to fight allergies: prevention, medication and allergy vaccination. Testing can be helpful in finding out exactly what you are allergic to, so you can avoid it. Medications include antihistamines like over-the-counter allergy pills, including Claratin or Zyrtec. Dr. Ikedia said the most effective nasal sprays can be like Flonase. They work slower but are more effective. If you use them consistently, you will see better benefits and it will help with traffic jams. Allergy injections literally inject your body with what you are allergic to on a regular basis to get your body used to it.
Does changing allergy medicines like Claritin and Zyrtec work better?
While some people insist that switching from allergy medication between seasons or during the seasons works for them, Dr. Ing. Ikeda said there is no scientific data behind the theory.
Does local honey and / or pollen actually work?
While local honey and / or pollen work for many people, Dr. Ikeda, that it is a little unclear the science behind this theory. The pollens that cause allergies are pollinated by the wind and we breathe them in. The pollen found in honey is pollinated by bees and comes from flowers. These usually do not cause allergies. However, honey has other health benefits that are also suitable for allergies
How early should I start taking allergies?
Dr. Ikeda believes it can be helpful to be ahead of the game, especially with nasal sprays as they take a few weeks to complete.
When does the allergy season begin and end in Sacramento?
The Sacramento allergy season usually begins in March and lasts until June. When it gets really hot in the summer (think at 1
If I have never had allergies, am I aware?
No. According to Dr. Ikeda can cause allergies anytime. If you grew up in a place like Sacramento, where citizens are prone to allergies, you as adults are less likely to develop them. It is still possible. Many people moving from the Bay Area to Sacramento develop allergies very quickly when they arrive. Newcomers from far away have not been able to see any symptoms of allergies for 2-3 years, as they need a few cycles of the body to develop sensitivities to the pollens.
How do I know if I should visit a doctor for my allergies?
If your allergy bothers you, it's always worth a look. If you would like more information about testing, contact your local hospital and seek medical attention for the allergy test.
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