Summer brings sneezes for allergy sufferers
The itchy, watery eyes; waking up in a fog that never seems to dissipate throughout the day; the bothersome sneezing, congested sinuses and constant runny nose.
Ah, allergy season. Summertime can bring added pollen to the air making day-to-day life difficult for allergy sufferers in the Sierra.
Truckee resident Sarah Trebilcock drives to Reno every other week to get an allergy shot from allergy specialist Dr. Marshall Postman. She said she has seen him about her severe allergies for 25 years.
“During the height of the allergy season I go to Reno once a week,” Trebilcock said.
Trebilcock said she has been fairly dependent on the allergy shots since she was 21 years old, when her allergy symptoms worsened. She said she is allergic to cats, dogs, some plants and dust mites.
Jennifer Tridel, a retired physician’s assistant and office manager for Dr. Robert Chase and Dr. Gregory Tridel in Truckee, said allergy conditions are severe right now.
“It seems to be one of the worst [allergy seasons] I’ve seen,” Tridel said.
Chase is an ear, nose, throat and allergy specialist and DR. Tridel specializes in pulmonary internal medicine.
Identifying what a person is actually allergic to with proper testing is one of the most important first steps in treatment, Tridel said. Testing involves an intra dermal test with small shots given in the arm, as well as a scratch test where allergens are applied to a person’s back.
Allergy shots like Trebilcock’s ” antihistamines, nasal spray, and decongestants ” are the most common allergy remedies. Allergy medications such as Claritin, Loratadine, and Benadryl are a few that can be bought without a prescription.
A person’s allergies can go from terrible to non-existent depending on geography, Tridel said. She said exposure to various trees, grasses, and animals in different climates can affect how severe a person may react to allergens.
With summer weather providing ideal outdoor conditions allergy sufferers need to be aware of their environment.
“Hiking in tall grasses wreaks havoc the the skin,” Tridel said.
She urged hikers to carry cortizone cream and antihistamines while on the trail. Tridel said bee stings for those who are allergic can also be life-threatening, so it is important to always be prepared and pack a sting kit.