Hay fever (also known as allergic rhinitis) occurs when your body overreacts to an allergen in the environment such as a plant pollen. Your body perceives that allergen as a dangerous enemy and unleashes chemicals in self-defense. These chemicals can cause inflammation of the various tissues of the eyes, nose and throat, leading to itchy eyes, a runny or congested nose, sneezing and a sinus infection or itchy throat.
Allergy medications may help in the short term, but hay fever symptoms will return once you stop the medications. A more lasting solution may lie in oral allergy drops which can actually help retrain the immune system to stop overreacting to allergens in the environment in the first place.
Allergy drops contain extracts of the most common allergens (pollen, pet dander, etc.) mixed into a saline solution. These drops are placed under the tongue where they absorb into the bloodstream. Over time, the body can learn to tolerate these allergens and stop overreacting to them in ways that lead to irritating symptoms. Allergy drops are safer than allergy shots.
To get started at the Family Allergy Clinic, call 480-827-9945.