Ocean Medical Center Expert Thomas Brandeisky, D.O., offers expert advice
While it may be the prime of summer, the height of allergy season is not far off. Soon enough, the leaves will be falling and the air changing, pushing the autumn season into full swing. If you are one of the many who have seasonal allergies, it means it’s time for the continuous sneezing, congestion, runny noses and other bothersome symptoms that allergies bring to the table.
Seasonal allergy symptoms caused by various seasonal plants or molds that enter the body through the eyes, nose, and throat, and trigger an allergic reaction. While they are often associated with the spring and fall seasons, they can actually occur all year round.
“Allergies can strike at any time throughout the year,” says Thomas Brandeisky, D.O., FAOCO, an Ear Nose and Throat specialist at Ocean Medical Center with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Otolaryngic Allergy. “We are currently seeing patients with itching, sneezing and sinus symptoms, along with coughing, ear complaints and runny noses. Also, there has been an increase in asthma, which is one of the common conditions afflicting allergic patients.”
Many people suffer from allergies at certain points throughout the year. In fact, 20% to 22% of the general population suffers allergy symptoms sometime during the year. And while allergies are not specific to certain ages, the age 65 and older segment of our population is growing and so are their numbers in the ranks of the allergic. It has been noted that allergy is familial and symptomatic patients whose parents have asthma or allergy more likely to be allergic themselves.
So, are there any ways to find relief from allergies? Dr. Brandeisky offers some helpful tips on how to gear up for the allergy season.
Things you can do in your household:
• Change your air conditioning and heating filters monthly
• Wash your pets regularly, more often if they spend time outdoors
• Remove outdoor clothing before entering the house to limit indoor pollens
• Close your windows in favor of air conditioning
• Place air cleaners in all rooms of the house
Personal hygiene recommendations:
• Use saline irrigation washes for the eyes and nose
• Try taking over-the-counter (OTC), non-drowsy antihistamines for sneezing and itching symptoms
Seasonal allergies are not serious. However, conditions such as sinus infections (characterized by fever or pain) can mimic allergies.
“Over-the-counter allergy medications can ease your discomfort by reducing or stopping the itching and sneezing,” says Dr. Brandeisky. “You just need to choose the correct medication that best manages your personal symptoms”.
There are many different OTC medications that can help relieve various types of symptoms caused by seasonal allergies. Antihistamines are used for itching and sneezing. Dr. Brandeisky notes that OTC steroid nasal sprays are the best way to manage stuffiness symptoms. If OTC medications are not working, he recommends visiting an ear, nose and throat specialist for testing.
“Allergy testing is the best way to determine exactly what is causing symptoms,” says Dr. Brandeisky.
For a free physician referral to an expert at Ocean Medical Center, call 1-800-DOCTORS, or locate a physician at www.OceanMedicalCenter.com or check out Dr. Brandeisky’s website at ourENTdoc.com.
About Ocean Medical Center
Standing out as a premier medical center along the Jersey Shore, Ocean Medical Center is home to exceptional talent, state-of-the-art technologies, and a growing medical campus, all surrounded by a community that offers quality of life for individuals and families of all ages. Ocean is a 337-bed non-profit community hospital located in Brick, New Jersey that provides health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines. Some key services include designation as a Primary Stroke Center; brain lab and neurological surgery; DaT Scan and advanced imaging technology; DaVinci robotic surgery; general, thoracic, and vascular surgery; comprehensive cancer care and radiation therapy technologies; a Joint Commission accredited orthopedic program; one of the nation’s most advanced cardiac catheterization laboratories and cardiac services; maternity, Acute Care of the Elderly, and critical care services. The Medical Center recently completed a four-level expansion that has transformed the campus through an $82 million project that sets a foundation for future decades of growth. The main component of the project is a new 44,300 sq. ft. Emergency Department. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses who work in collaboration with the medical staff, and is a System Partner, along with the other Meridian Health facilities, with the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state’s first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. The Medical Center has grown tremendously since opening in 1984 and is well positioned to evolve and respond to the changing community and health care landscape.