Spring Has Sprung!

Spring Has Sprung!

Posted on March 5, 2014

The spring pollen has arrived.  Tree pollen is the cause of the majority of spring respiratory allergy symptoms.  Our tree pollen counts in Middle Tennessee reach very high levels and cause significant misery for allergy sufferers.  In general, there are 3 approaches to solve this problem that affects up to 40% of the population:

  1. Avoidance.  Allergy sufferers are best served by keeping windows closed during the pollen seasons.  Open windows allow pollen to find its way inside where it combines with house dust to trigger severe symptoms long after the trees have finished pollinating.
  2. Medications.  The mainstays of treatment involve nasal sprays and antihistamine pills, but its best to tailor medication regimens based on your primary symptoms.
  3. Allergen Immunotherapy (Allergy shots).  Allergy shots are the only disease-modifying treatment available for allergy sufferers.  The overall efficacy is approximately 85%.  The cost is less than the cost of most medication combinations.

Did you know…

  • Flowers and flowering trees (Bradford Pears) are not common allergens although they are frequently blamed because they are the most visible.  Plants that use insects to spread their pollen (attracted by flowers) usually have heavy sticky pollen that does not travel on the wind and therefore does not find its way into the respiratory tract.
  • Stinging insects swarm in the spring.  More people die each year from stinging insect anaphylaxis than from food allergy reactions. 

Make an Appointment!

If you or your child is suffering from allergies, asthma or sinus problems, make an appointment with one of our allergists and leave with a treatment plan!  We are accepting new patients in Nashville (222 Medical Office Building) and Franklin (Physicians Plaza on Williamson Medical Center’s Campus).  Click here for our physician biographies.