A well-established Marianna, Florida, ear, nose, and throat physician, Dr. Angelo Consiglio also serves as an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Florida International University. Angelo Consiglio, MD, has extensive experience in assisting patients with allergy issues, many of which are triggered by inhaling pollen.
Also known as allergic rhinitis, hay fever is prevalent during pollen season, which can extend months. Whereas the wind typically spreads pollen for weeds and wild grasses, birds and bees usually distribute it for flowering plants. For the susceptible, airborne pollen activates an unwanted immune response that causes chronic inflammation extending throughout the nasal passages and causing itchiness and congestion. Additionally, the eyes may become watery, red, itchy, and irritated and headaches occur.
Pollen contains small particulate irritants that may also lodge deep in the windpipe and trigger asthma, which involves wheezing and tightness of breath. Avoiding such allergies begins with staying indoors on peak pollen days, including those that are windy. Medical treatments range from intranasal corticosteroid sprays and antihistamines to long-term physician-directed immunotherapy regimens.