Nip springtime allergies in the bud

Houston’s warm weather and humidity are a double-whammy for allergy sufferers, but Eric Sandberg, M.D., a board-certified Allergy specialist at Kelsey-Seybold, says treatments are available that may bring relief.

Warm weather produces abundant outdoor pollens from grasses and

trees. Our humidity contributes to high levels of indoor allergens such as house dust mites.

Seasonal spring pollens usually include:

  • Oak
  • Ash
  • Pecan
  • Other trees and grasses

“For allergy sufferers, springtime pollens in Houston often cause itchy, irritated eyes, serial sneezing, and nasal congestion. For some, allergy reactions can lead to asthma flare ups,” Dr. Sandberg says.

As a result, allergy symptoms can interfere with your sleep, sense of well-being, and quality of life.

Best defense from symptoms

Anyone whose life is disrupted by repeated allergy symptoms should see an allergy specialist for an evaluation.

“Having a plan to avoid your triggers may help you alleviate the worst symptoms. We perform tests to identify which allergens are responsible. Symptoms often improve with appropriate medications,” says Dr. Sandberg, who treats allergy sufferers at Kelsey-Seybold’s Clear Lake Clinic, Fort Bend Medical and Diagnostic Center, and Berthelsen Main Campus locations. “For long-term relief, a program of allergy shots may be the best treatment option.”

Eric Sandberg, M.D.