Combatting Seasonal Allergies – Tommy’s Story
20
February

By Adem Lewis / in , , /


Ahh…seasonal allergies. They come and go throughout the year causing unwelcome symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy throat and watering eyes. And while these symptoms can be frustrating for the allergy sufferer, the good news is that seasonal allergies don’t have to keep people from doing what they love. Tommy is a 10 year old boy who loves sports. So much so that he plays them all – soccer, baseball and hockey. During and after games, he was always dealing with a runny nose This meant more time on the bench blowing his nose and less time on the field And one day after a soccer game Tommy with his stuffy runny nose Went to his dad and told him that his throat was scratchy too Tommy’s dad suspected that his son was suffering from seasonal allergies just like he did when he was a kid He knew his son needed to feel his best to play his best So he decided to talk to Tommy’s healthcare provider about allergies and testing Tommy’s healthcare provider ordered a blood test and the results revealed that Tommy is sensitized to dust mites, mold and grass pollen. You see, up to 80 percent of people are sensitized to more than one thing and for some people like Tommy symptoms may only appear when they encounter two or more things that they’re sensitized to. That’s why after being outside Tommy’s started having symptoms. Not because he’s allergic to dust mites. But because he’s allergic to dust mites, mold and grass pollen Because when there are multiple allergic triggers present, those triggers can add up to the point where symptoms start. In Tommy’s case his reactions to dust mites, mold and grass pollen combined Caused a reaction above his symptom threshold, the point where one starts experiencing allergy symptoms Once it was determined what Exactly Tommy was allergic to, his healthcare provider came up with a management plan to help Tommy stay below his symptom threshold. This involved reducing his contact with the allergens that caused his symptoms And no, Tommy didn’t have to avoid going outside to play sports But he did have to follow some simple rules to help lessen the severity of his symptoms such as covering his bedding with allergy proof covers for dust mites and Taking a nasal spray medication during key pollen seasons. With a plan in place Tommy was back on the field with his game face on, this time feeling so much better


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