William Howland MD Offers Fall Forecast for Allergies in Austin

Dry summer creates the perfect storm of respiratory problems for Austin allergy sufferers

Austin, TX, September 28, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Austin has already earned the nickname “allergy capital of the world,” but after this summer’s dry weather and wildfires, Austin allergy sufferers may be in for one of the roughest falls in recent memory.

William Howland MD has watched the seasons change in Austin since childhood. In fact, it was William Howland MD’s battle with allergies as a child that prompted him to choose allergies and asthma as a medical specialty. His practice, Allergy and Asthma Center of Austin, is located in the heart of Austin, helping thousands of patients find relief from respiratory problems.

William Howland MD anticipates Austin’s especially warm, dry summer will cause increased problems this year, especially for those who are sensitive to allergens. Certain mold spores feed on dry vegetation and the wildfires that have caused so much devastation can also create lung-irritating particles, William Howland MD warns.

Additionally, William Howland MD notes there has been an increase in pollution due to consistent sunshine and excessive automobile exhaust. This creates high levels of ozone, which can cause further irritation for those who suffer from allergy-related respiratory issues. William Howland MD advises sufferers to spend as little time outdoors as possible, wearing a 3M P100 mask if wildfire smoke is near and time outside is necessary.

Fall is usually a rough time of year on Austin residents who suffer from allergies, William Howland MD notes. But the dry weather has brought some good news. According to William Howland MD, ragweed and pigweed, two of Austin’s worst autumn offenders, are at drastically reduced levels this year. The dry weather killed off large chunks of the grass and weeds that cause fall’s worst problems, so William Howland MD estimates ragweed and pigweed will be pollinating 50-75% lower this year than in previous years. This is good news for many seasonal allergy sufferers.

“Allergies are an unnecessary reaction to a harmless substance,” William Howland MD explains on his practice’s website, nosneezes.com. William Howland MD has found that while many of his patients’ allergies are genetically inherited, they generally develop over time, due to exposure.

In addition to seasonal allergies, William Howland MD sees patients who suffer from everyday allergens, such as dust mites and pet dander. Dr. Howland works with his patients to help them understand the difference between colds, sinus infections, and allergies, and helps determine what, if any, treatment is needed. In more mild cases, William Howland MD has found that decreasing exposure takes care of the reaction. In more severe cases, Dr. Howland and his staff test a patient to determine the source of that patient’s allergy, and either prescribe medication or formulate a routine injection plan to systemically alleviate allergy suffering.

William Howland MD’s Allergy and Asthma Center is located in Austin, on North Mopac Expressway. Dr. Howland treats patients with a variety of allergies, including seasonal allergies, Cedar Fever, asthma, and food allergies. William Howland MD has been helping Austin patients since 1991. For more information, visit Dr. William Howland online at http://nosneezes.com

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