Approximately 15% to 20% of the US population has some degree of allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. It is found equally in both men and women. Usually hay fever is seasonal, but it can last all year long if the allergen stays throughout the year. Spring and fall are the main hay fever seasons. This region of Kentucky presents us with a whole host of things that can cause hay fever, including grasses, oak, ragweed and birch pollen. As a board-certified, fellowship-trained allergy specialist and immunologist, Dr. Livas is an expert when it comes to treating hay fever.
Despite its name, hay fever is not caused by hay and there is no fever. Symptoms such as eye irritation, sneezing and nasal congestion are common. Like all allergic reactions, hay fever is caused by allergens, foreign “invaders” such as pollens and molds that enter the body equally by inhalation or through the skin. You may, for example, have a mold allergy and not know it. The most common symptoms of hay fever include sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, watery itchy eyes, postnasal drip and a sensation of plugged ear(s).
After discovering the trigger for your hay fever, Dr. Livas will develop a personalized treatment plan designed for effective symptom relief. This may include allergy medication, allergy shots (immunotherapy), antihistamines, topical nasal steroids and oral decongestants. Of course, one of the most effective remedies is to simply avoid the allergen causing your hay fever. Finally, some air conditioner filters can remove a significant amount of irritants.
For more information about hay fever treatment in Lexington, Frankfort, Morehead, Mt. Vernon, Mt. Sterling, Maysville, Campton, Irvine, as well as the surrounding communities of Richmond and Winchester, call 800-640-0246 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form.
“Dr Livas is not only one of the best doctors I have ever been to, he is also a very nice man. I love his staff all the girls are so nice. Parking is great I can get in get my allergy shot out the door within 15-20 min. Been going there almost 5 years!”