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Environmental/Seasonal Allergies

Allergy affecting the mucous membrane of the nose is called allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis can occur year-round or seasonally, this is often referred to as hay fever. Environmental factors like pollen, mold, dust, and animal dander  can cause symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Symptoms caused by tree and grass pollen typically occur in the spring, whereas an allergy to weed pollen generally causes symptoms in the summer and fall. 

Common Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis:

  • stuffy nose

  • post-nasal drip

  • sneezing

  • red and/or itchy eyes

  • watery eyes

  • swollen eyelids

  • itchy mouth, throat, ears, and face

  • sore throat

  • dry cough

  • feelings of fullness and buzzing in the ears

  • partial loss of the senses: hearing, smell, and taste

  • headaches

  • fatigue 


Patients often confuse allergic rhinitis for sinus problems, and while they may experience nasal swelling along with their symptoms, this condition is different than sinusitis. In order to provide an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Wolff will perform a thorough medical evaluation and any necessary testing, which may include skin or blood tests.

Treatment of allergic rhinitis is available and typically consists of avoidance of allergens, medication, and in some cases, immunotherapy.  Immunotherapy includes allergy shots (called SCIT) or sublingually (under the tongue or SLIT).

If you feel you or a family member are suffering from environmental allergies (also known as seasonal allergies or hay fever), call 313-871-7572 to schedule an appointment today.

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