By Dr. Tarabrina, ND

Seasonal allergies cause numerous symptoms some of which may appear nothing to do with allergies.

Here are some of the symptoms that might indicate you are suffering from environmental allergies:

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery and itchy eyes
  • Itchy ear canals and nose
  • ear congestion
  • postnasal drip
  • headaches
  • shortness of breath
  • wheezing
  • coughing
  • asthma
  • chronic sinus infections
  • chronic fatigue
  • brain fog and difficulty concentrating
  • sleep apnea

The San Diego region is full of plants that release pollen especially during and after rainy seasons as we are experiencing now. During the summer season in San Diego, the region should be free of pollen,  but unfortunately, the Santa Ana winds bring pollen from as far as Arizona and Nevada. As a result many people are given no break in their seasonal allergies and suffer from the symptoms all year round.

Most medications for allergies target the release of histamine but do not address the cause of allergies – abnormal immune activation/reaction to the allergen. Allergy shots or allergy desensitization therapy has been around for a long time and in most cases offers a permanent solution to seasonal allergies. Allergy shots work by introducing to the body minute amounts of allergens, as a result of educating the immune system to stop reacting to the allergen and eliminates allergic symptoms. To do allergy shots one has to go to the doctor’s office almost daily for weeks, which can be an obstacle for some people. 

There is a more convenient option available for addressing your seasonal allergies – Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT).  It provides the long-term benefits of allergy shots but without the hassle.

As with shots, SLIT begins with an allergy serum containing extracts of allergens commonly found in the environment. With shots, the serum is injected into the bloodstream.  With SLIT, the serum is placed under the tongue where it is absorbed into the bloodstream through special cells in the mouth.  Through consistent exposure to the serum, the body may become desensitized to the allergens, diminishing or eliminating troubling allergy symptoms. 

If you suffer from seasonal allergies call today to have a free 15 min consult with Dr. Tarabrina to see if Sublingual Immunotherapy can be your solution to seasonal allergies.