As the winter weather lets up, we all begin to look forward to springtime and warmer weather. Well, maybe not everyone! Springtime can be some patients’ worst time of year for allergy symptoms, and people often wonder what is causing spikes in their allergy symptoms.
Late winter and springtime are when trees begin to pollinate. As a result, many people with allergy symptoms that tend to peak in the spring are usually reacting to a local tree variety in bloom. Many people will notice a week or more of symptoms when the tree or trees they are allergic to are pollinating.
Allergy skin testing is one way to find out what you are allergic to and it can be done in the office with very little discomfort.
This above picture is a patient who has been allergy skin tested and is allergic to one of the local trees.
Sometimes, people that are allergic to certain trees may experience typical allergy symptoms when they eat certain foods. This is called “Oral Allergy Syndrome” and is more commonly noticed during the season when the offending pollen is in the air. One example is birch pollen and apples. Those allergic to birch trees may experience an itchy throat, tingling on the lips, or mild oral swelling when they eat an apple. If this describes you, you could be allergic to birch trees.
If you’re interested in learning more about allergy and sinus treatment options from Dr. Franzese and her team of specialists please call her office directly at (757) 889-5632.
About Dr. Franzese
Christine Franzese, MD, FAAOA, is a board certified otolaryngologist. She completed a residency in Otolaryngology at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Franzese’s specialties include: allergies and allergy shots, sinus problems (acute and chronic), mild asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid masses or nodules, salivary gland disorders and nodules, and pediatric ENT issues (ear infections, tonsillitis). She has surgical expertise with removing tonsils and adenoids, thyroidectomies, parathyroidectomies, parotidectomies, and has extensive experience with sinus surgeries. She offers functional endoscopic sinus surgery, image-guided sinus surgery, and balloon sinuplasty procedures.