Suffering from seasonal allergies? You’re not alone.

How common are seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies affect nearly 30 percent of the population. For most of us, this translates to red, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, and in some cases, wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Even if you’ve never had allergies in the past, they can strike suddenly at any age and time of year.

How do I know it’s not just a cold?

Lots of people think they’re just prone to getting a cold whenever the seasons change, but this is often not the case.

Colds typically last anywhere from seven to 10 days. They are also often associated with fever, chills, muscle aches, and so on. Seasonal allergies are not.

If your symptoms are persistent and lasting for more than two weeks, you should see an allergy specialist for proper testing, diagnosis and treatment.

What type of expertise does Knoxville Hospital & Clinics (KHC) offer?

Nasal allergies overlap with things like acute and chronic sinusitis and asthma. At KHC, we look at allergies in their total context, creating individualized treatment plans that address all related conditions.

Dr. Michael Van Natta sees patients suffering from allergies. He will discuss your medical history and symptoms, and may use blood or skin tests to find out whether you have an allergy and what the allergen is.

Call 641-842-7006 to schedule an appointment.

What types of treatments are available?

Medications (over-the-counter and prescription) and immunotherapy (allergy shots) may provide relief. Making changes to your environment can also be helpful. If prescribed, immunotherapy services are offered through KHC’s Allergy Clinic on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Where can I learn more?

To learn more about specific types of allergies and treatment options, take a look at our informational brochure.

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