Hay Fever

Hay fever, brought on by airborne allergens such as pollen, pet dander, and dust mites, may appear as cold-like symptoms, including sinus pressure, runny nose, sneezing, and congestion. Some people suffer from hay fever year-round. For some people, hay fever is worse in the spring, summer or fall. It is confusing to some to determine if it is hay fever they're experiencing or a common cold.

After inquiring about your medical history, Dr. Epstein will perform skin testing to determine what you are allergic to.  In some cases, blood tests may be indicated. Results of skin testing are obtained within 15 minutes of placing the skin tests.

Based on these tests, Dr. Epstein will determine the best plan for treatment, which may include antihistamines, decongestants, nasal steroid, nasal antihistamines, or immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a procedure where small amounts of allergen are administered, usually on a weekly basis initially, to boost an immune response to counter allergies. It is a procedure covered by most insurance plans.

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