Rain and Drought

The drought may be ending but spring allergy season has already begun

While we welcome the rain to help alleviate the drought, the rain's effect on tree, grass and weed pollen can be very troublesome for allergy sufferers.  Rain in winter can increase tree and grass pollination, causing higher pollen levels. With heavy rains continuing to pound the Bay Area we anticipate heavy pollen counts this spring. Trees are already pollinating much earlier than normal. In addition, mold spores can increase after a rain storm causing even more allergic reactions in people allergic to mold. Increased rain in spring makes grass grow faster to produce even more unwanted pollen.

Your allergist can recommend a variety of medications, some over-the-counter and some needing a prescription, to improve your seasonal allergies. Topical nasal sprays, available over the counter and by prescription, work well to help reduce the inflammation in the lining of the nose. The sprays are typically used daily, before and during allergy season. After a thorough evaluation your doctor may also recommend starting or restarting allergy immunotherapy before the height of the spring pollen season to help keep your symptoms under control. Give us a call so we can help you prepare for what we anticipate to be a very high pollen count spring and summer.

Insurance Check up

Insurance Checkup

With the New Year under way, now is the time to complete a thorough review of your health insurance coverage. You will need to make informed decisions about your benefits as 2017 begins. Make certain that your plan allows you access to our clinic and that we have accurate updated information.  Your plan may require a referral.  And remember -- most insurance plans have a time limit for filing claims after which they may not cover your medical expenses.  So make sure we have your new insurance information if you have any changes taking place in 2017.  Ongoing access to the allergy and asthma care you require should be a critical factor in selecting your health plan for the New Year. Keep in mind that statistics show that poorly controlled allergies account for the most frequent sick days in the work force. If you have any questions with regard to your insurance coverage, our insurance specialists are ready to assist you in getting the full benefit out of your 2017 health plan to which you are entitled.  Give us a call today!  We’re here to help.

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