allergy season

Allergy season is getting more severe and lasting into summer. Discover the reasons behind the worsening allergy season and how you can get long-lasting relief from your allergies with expert help at Broward ENT & Aesthetics.

Table of Contents 

Understanding Allergies 

Types of Allergens 

Understanding Allergic Rhinitis

What Is Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergy Seasons and Their Common Allergens

How Do Weather Patterns Affect Allergy Seasons?

Why Spring Allergy Season Might Last Into Summer

The Importance of Early Intervention for Allergies

The Benefits of Professional Allergy Treatment

Allergy Treatment at Broward ENT & Aesthetics

Monitoring Your Progress

Empower Yourself With Allergy Education

The Psychological Impact of Allergies

Understanding Allergies

Allergies are your immune system’s reaction to a foreign substance, known as an allergen. Your body treats the allergen as if it were a threat and produces antibodies to fight it off, which, in turn, trigger the release of histamines from specialized immune cells. The histamines then bind to specific receptors on various cells, causing a range of physiological responses that include sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, a runny nose and congestion. 

These allergy symptoms are your body’s defense mechanisms against allergens. Sneezing helps expel allergens from your nasal passages, while a runny nose and watery eyes flush out allergens and irritants. Itchy eyes and congestion occur as a result of histamine-induced inflammation and increased mucus production, which are intended to trap and remove allergens from your body. However, despite the intended protective function of histamines, this immune response can be excessive and uncomfortable.

Types of Allergens

Allergens are typically harmless substances that trigger an allergic reaction in certain individuals. They can be anything from pollen to pet dander, and not everyone is affected by them in the same way. 

There are various types of allergens, which can be grouped into several categories:

Food Allergens

Some individuals have allergic reactions to certain foods, such as eggs, peanuts and milk.

Insect Allergens

Allergic reactions can also be caused by insect bites as well as substances produced by insects such as bee and wasp venom delivered to your body when you get stung.

Contact Allergens

These allergens cause reactions when they come into contact with the skin. Some common contact allergens include poison ivy, poison oak, nickel and latex.

Drug Allergens

Some individuals have allergic reactions to specific medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. Examples of drug allergens include penicillin and other antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen, anticonvulsants and chemotherapy drugs.

Airborne Allergens

These allergens are found in the air and are usually inhaled. Examples include pollen from trees, grasses and weeds, pet dander (tiny skin flakes from animals), dust mite waste particles and mold spores.

Understanding Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is inflammation of the nasal passages caused by an overreaction of the immune system to airborne allergens.

Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis Can Include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy nose, throat or roof of the mouth
  • Postnasal drip (mucus dripping down the back of the throat)
  • Watery, itchy or red eyes
  • Sinus pressure and facial pain
  • Decreased sense of smell or taste
  • Ear congestion or popping


Allergic rhinitis can significantly impact a person’s quality of life, causing discomfort, sleep disturbances and reduced productivity. However, with proper diagnosis and treatment, the symptoms of allergic rhinitis can be effectively managed.

To take charge of your allergies and discover the life-changing benefits of professional allergy treatment, schedule your consultation with Dr. Wilson DuMornay at Broward ENT & Aesthetics.

What Is Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis?

Some people experience allergic rhinitis during one or more specific seasons. Seasonal allergic rhinitis occurs because certain airborne allergens are more prevalent in the environment during particular times of the year. The timing and severity of seasonal allergic rhinitis typically vary depending on the life cycles of plants and their pollination process in your geographical location.

Why Pollen Is the #1 Cause of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

Pollen is a fine powder that contains the male reproductive cells of plants. Pollen is the primary cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis because it is produced in large quantities by various plants during their reproductive cycles. It easily becomes airborne due to its lightweight and powdery nature and can travel long distances, increasing the likelihood of exposure to susceptible individuals.

Allergy Seasons and Their Common Allergens

These are the most common seasonal allergens categorized by the time of year when they are most prevalent:

Early Spring: Tree Pollens 

Tree pollens, such as oak, elm, maple, alder and birch, dominate this season. These pollens are released by various tree species during their flowering period. 

Late Spring: Grass Pollens

Grass pollens, such as bermudagrass and timothy grass, are produced by grasses during their pollination season, which begins in late spring. 

Summer: Grass and Weed Pollens 

Grass pollens often continue to cause allergic reactions during the summer months. Weed pollens, such as nettle, mugwort and lamb’s quarters, also become more prevalent in the summer.

Fall: Ragweed Pollen and Mold Spores

Ragweed pollen is a highly allergenic weed pollen that typically peaks in the fall and is responsible for a large percentage of seasonal allergies. Mold spores are also more prevalent during damp and humid weather conditions that often occur in the fall. Mold spores can be found in decaying plant matter, such as fallen leaves, as well as in indoor environments.

Winter: Indoor Allergens

Indoor allergens become more prominent in the winter months when people spend more time indoors. While these allergens may not be strictly seasonal, they can cause more significant problems during the winter due to increased exposure. Some common indoor allergens include dust mites, pet dander, mold spores and cockroach waste.

How Do Weather Patterns Affect Allergy Seasons?

Weather patterns play a significant role in determining the length and severity of allergy seasons. Various factors, such as temperature, humidity and wind conditions, influence pollen production and release. Warm, dry and windy days promote the release of pollen and its dispersion through the air, increasing the likelihood of allergic reactions for susceptible individuals. Conversely, rain can help clear pollen from the air, providing temporary relief for allergy sufferers. However, rain can also cause the rapid growth of grasses and plants, leading to increased pollen production in the following days.

Why Spring Allergy Season Might Last Into Summer

Spring allergy season can extend into summer due to changes in weather patterns that affect the timing of plant pollination. Increased rainfall and colder temperatures during spring can delay tree blooming, pushing the release of tree pollen into the summer months. This delay causes an overlap between tree and grass pollen seasons, leading to a more extended period of exposure to allergens and worsening allergy symptoms for those affected by both types of pollen.

The Importance of Early Intervention for Allergies

Addressing your allergies early on can significantly improve your quality of life and help prevent complications. Left untreated, allergies can lead to more severe conditions such as sinus infections, asthma and sleep disturbances. 

By seeking professional allergy treatment with Dr. DuMornay, you can prevent these complications and effectively manage your allergies before they worsen.

The Benefits of Professional Allergy Treatment

Seeking professional allergy treatment with an expert like Dr. DuMornay offers numerous benefits, such as:

  • Accurate diagnosis of your specific allergies
  • Personalized treatment plans tailored to your needs
  • Expert guidance on lifestyle modifications and preventive measures
  • Ongoing support and monitoring of your allergy treatment and its effectiveness 

Allergy Treatment at Broward ENT & Aesthetics

Dr. Wilson DuMornay at Broward ENT & Aesthetics offers a comprehensive approach to allergy treatment. By combining cutting-edge diagnostic techniques with customized treatment plans, he strives to provide you with the best care possible and long-term relief from your allergies. 

Diagnosing Your Allergies: Skin Testing and Blood Work

Allergies can be diagnosed through skin testing or blood work. 

Skin testing can be done using two methods: patch testing and skin prick testing. Patch testing is used to identify contact allergens, while skin prick testing is used for airborne allergens. 

Blood work, on the other hand, is used to measure the amount of allergy-related antibodies in your bloodstream and can be performed as an alternative if you can’t tolerate skin testing.

Treating Your Allergies

At Broward ENT & Aesthetics, we offer various allergy treatments, including:

1. Allergen Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots) 

Immunotherapy for allergies, also known as allergy shots, involves gradually exposing your body to small amounts of allergens to help build your tolerance. This treatment can be effective in reducing or even eliminating allergy symptoms. 

Allergy shots are administered in two phases: 

  1. The build-up phase involves frequent injections with increasing amounts of allergens. This phase typically takes three to six months, with shots administered one to three times per week. Patients often experience improvement in their allergy symptoms within a month or two of starting the build-up phase.
  2. The maintenance phase involves less frequent injections with a stable allergen dose. This phase can last for three to five years or more. 

2. Sublingual Immunotherapy

Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is an alternative to allergy shots that involves placing a tablet containing allergens under your tongue. This treatment is typically prescribed for ragweed pollen, grass pollen and dust mite allergies and can be administered at home. SLIT is a long-term treatment, lasting from three to five years, and can significantly reduce allergy symptoms or even eliminate them altogether.

3. Allergy Toothpaste

Dr. DuMornay provides an innovative alternative to sublingual tablets for allergy treatment – allergy toothpaste. This unique toothpaste formulation incorporates a minute quantity of the allergen. As you brush your teeth, the allergen is gradually absorbed, offering a convenient and effective approach to allergy management.

4. Medication Management

Medication management is an essential part of allergy treatment. Dr. DuMornay may recommend a combination of medications to alleviate your symptoms, such as antihistamines, decongestants, corticosteroids and leukotriene modifiers. These medications can be taken orally, as nasal sprays or as eye drops, depending on your specific needs. Dr. DuMornay will prescribe a personalized medication regimen for optimal relief of your allergies.

4. Nasal Irrigation

Nasal irrigation, also known as saline rinsing, is a simple and effective way to alleviate allergy symptoms. This technique involves using a saline solution to flush out irritants and allergens from your nasal passages. Nasal irrigation can be performed with a neti pot, bulb syringe or squeeze bottle. Dr. DuMornay will guide you on how to use these devices correctly to ensure their maximum benefit.

5. Lifestyle Modifications

In addition to medical treatments, Dr. DuMornay may recommend lifestyle modifications to help you better manage your allergies. These can include:

  • Keeping windows closed during high-pollen days
  • Using air purifiers and HEPA filters in your home
  • Showering and changing clothes after spending time outdoors
  • Avoiding outdoor activities during peak pollen hours
  • Washing your hands frequently, especially after handling pets

Monitoring Your Progress

Throughout your allergy treatment journey, be sure to monitor your progress and communicate with Dr. DuMornay. Regular follow-ups will help ensure that your treatment plan is working effectively and that adjustments can be made as needed. Remember, every individual’s response to treatment is unique, and your treatment plan may need to be adapted over time for the best results.

Empower Yourself With Allergy Education

Understanding your allergies and their triggers is vital to managing them effectively. Dr. DuMornay and his team at Broward ENT & Aesthetics are dedicated to providing the necessary education and resources to help you better understand your allergies. By staying informed, you can make smarter choices to minimize your exposure to allergens and improve your overall quality of life.

The Psychological Impact of Allergies

The impact of allergies on your physical well-being is evident, but it’s essential not to overlook the psychological effects. Living with chronic allergy symptoms can lead to increased stress, anxiety and even depression. By addressing your allergies with professional care from Dr. DuMornay, you’ll not only experience relief from your symptoms but can also improve your mental well-being, leading to a happier and healthier life.

Take Charge of Your Allergies Today With Expert Help

Allergy season is becoming more severe, leaving many individuals struggling with debilitating symptoms. Don’t let allergies disrupt your life any longer. Schedule your consultation today with Dr. Wilson DuMornay at Broward ENT & Aesthetics. With his expertise and dedication to providing comprehensive allergy care, you can finally put an end to the misery of allergy season and enjoy a healthier, more comfortable life.

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