Hay Fever

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies, P.C.

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Glenwood Springs, CO & Avon, CO

An extremely common condition, hay fever affects 40-60 million Americans. If you’re one of them, you’ve probably been searching for lasting treatment to free you from your symptoms. Conveniently located in Avon, Basalt, Eagle, Aspen, Frisco, and Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies, P.C., offers long-term treatments, including immunotherapy, for your underlying allergies. To find out how they can help your hay fever, call or book a consultation online today.

Hay Fever Q & A

What is hay fever?

A runny nose and itchy, watery eyes are signs of allergic rhinitis — what’s commonly known as hay fever. Hay fever occurs when your immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment.

Some hay fever is seasonal, occurring in the spring, summer, or fall in response to pollen or outdoor mold. Other hay fever happens year-round, typically triggered by things like dust mites or pets.

What are the symptoms of hay fever?

If you have hay fever, you’ll usually experience one or more of these symptoms:

  • Stuffy, congested nose
  • Itchy nose, eyes, mouth, or throat
  • Swollen, puffy eyelids
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing

Hay fever may cause related symptoms. You may have trouble concentrating, difficulty sleeping, or feel tired and irritated. Parents whose children have hay fever say their children seem more moody and irritable.

How is hay fever diagnosed?

Typically, your provider starts by taking a detailed history, looking for clues to help identify the cause of your symptoms. You’ll be asked about your home and workplace environments, the frequency and severity of your symptoms, and your family medical history.  

Your Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies provider may also recommend a skin test. In a skin test, your provider applies small amounts of suspected allergens to your skin to measure your reaction. This kind of test is the easiest, most sensitive, and generally least expensive way to diagnose what you’re allergic to, plus it only takes about 15 minutes!

How is hay fever treated?

To prevent hay fever, begin by avoiding allergens that trigger your symptoms. Your provider may recommend medications, such as corticosteroids, decongestants, antihistamines, or leukotriene modifiers to help ease your symptoms.

You may also benefit from this long-term treatment:

  • Allergy shots (also called immunotherapy)- these are injections given over the span of 3-5 years to build up your body’s allergic resistance and make you more tolerant to allergic triggers (pet dander allergy, pollen allergy, mold allergy).

Find out how you can gain relief from your hay fever symptoms by calling today or booking a consultation online with the caring, knowledgeable medical professionals at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies.