Mild winter could mean trouble for allergy sufferers

Slit immunotherapy is a great way to reduce allergies.

Pollen.com's five-day weather forecast for Houston shows that pollen counts will be high. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, pollen levels will hit 10.1 out of 12, and pollen season isn't even technically underway yet.

While Houston historically doesn't get as chilly as many northern cities, it's experienced an unusually warm winter, Houstonia noted. Because of this, people who deal with allergies may be reaching for their medicines a lot sooner than expected.

Dr. J. Cary Moorhead, president of Texas ENT Specialists, said that allergy sufferers are dealing with symptoms they typically don't experience until later in the year.

"We're seeing a lot of the pollens we see later in the spring," Moorhead said. "We're starting to see a little oak pollen that we normally wouldn't see [at this time of year]."

"Houston's warm, humid environment is conducive to mold growth."

Another issue people in Houston have to manage is mold. Those living in colder climates typically don't have such problems during the winter, but Houston's warm, humid environment is conducive to mold growth. This is particularly concerning given the area's warmer-than-normal weather for this season.

If you're one of the many people in Houston who are suffering from allergies early, think about sub-lingual immunotherapy, or SLIT.

SLIT therapy is much less invasive than traditional allergy shots and vaccines and more convenient than over-the-counter or prescription allergy medicines because it can last for two to three years. Furthermore, the patient doesn't have to continuously visit an allergy specialist because he or she can administer the treatment alone. The extracts can easily be transported and only need to be refrigerated.

Don't let allergies stop you from enjoying everything you like to do throughout the year. Call Longevity & Stem Cell Centre today to schedule your slit immunotherapy appointment.