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Redding, CA 96001
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Allergy Treatments

AllergyENT Center of Excellence is happy to announce the opening of West Redding Allergy. The allergy clinic is located inside our main facility. We offer allergy skin testing, RAST testing and allergy immunotherapy. Our allergy medical assistant, Joyce, has over 21 years of experience with a recently retired allergist.

Allergy to Pollens
Seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever is an allergic disease which affects 15% of the population of the USA. This as well as seasonal asthma is the result of allergy to pollens.

Pollens arise from grasses, trees, and weeds during the warms months of the year and generally make their appearance at about the same time every year.

GRASSES produce the bulk of the pollen found in the air in the Sacramento Valley. Grass pollens are produced from late February to the end of October and reach their highest peak in April, May and September. Rainfall washes pollens out of the air, and windy conditions increase pollen counts. When hay fields are cut in June and July, quantities of grass pollen are released into the air.

Pollen Problem

Redding has one of the highest pollen counts in the north state. Seasonal allergic rhinitis is an allergic disease that affects 15% of the population of the United States, if not more. It affects men and women equally.

TREES: Most trees pollinate in the early spring, exceptions to this are the alders, ash and willow trees which begin shedding pollen in February, and the oak, walnut and olive trees which pollinate from March to June. Trees in your neighborhood may be particularly prone to produce symptoms because of their nearness.

WEEDS in our area pollinate from late spring on into fall. Fortunately Ragweed is not present here, however Plantain is a common lawn weed, Pigweed and Sorrel are prevalent in gardens and vacant lots, and Sagebrush and Tumbleweed are found in substantial quantities.

Avoidance Measures
Significant pollen exposure may be unavoidable at certain times of the year. If you are still symptomatic despite medications, allergy shots may be required.

  • Sleep with the bedroom windows closed. Avoid fans. If you are uncomfortably warm, consider utilizing an air conditioner. Air filtration systems may be of benefit in removing pollen and dust from an enclosed room, but generally necessary in most cases of seasonal hay fever.
  • Stay indoors on windy, dry, warm days during peak pollen season. The best time to be outdoors is immediately following a rainstorm.
  • Avoid outdoor activities such as lawn mowing, yard work, sporting activities on grassy fields, and sleeping outdoors. If this is impossible, wear a mask and take antihistamine prior and during these activities
  • Absolutely avoid handling hay, barns, and being around field clearings.
  • Avoid driving with the windows rolled down.
  • Avoid irritating odors, and dirty air such as: cigarette smoke, strong perfume, cooking fumes, fresh paint and dust. It would not be unreasonable to forbid smoking in your home and car from this time on.
  • Avoid if possible allowing your outdoor pet to sleep in your bed or on the furniture.
  • Pollen-sensitive persons may experience itching in the mouth from melons such as cantaloupe. A few may be more symptomatic while eating wheat products.
  • If family resources and schedules permit, take weekends or your vacation in the mountains or at the coast during the time when maximal pollen symptoms are expected.
  • Very extreme pollen exposure may produce symptoms in allergic individuals who have never noticed asthma, or rarely result in more serious allergic emergencies. Do not wait for these symptoms to get out of control. Either call the office for advice, go to a walk-in-clinic, or to the emergency room.