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Allergies are a widespread health concern in North America, affecting approximately 1 in 5 people in the United States. Allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to a typically harmless substance in the environment, such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, or mold spores.

Symptoms and Causes

Symptoms of allergies can range from mild to severe and include sneezing, runny nose, congestion, watery and/or itchy eyes, sinus pressure and pain, sinus headaches, fatigue, inability to focus, itchy mouth and throat, sore throat, sleep problems, asthma, and eczema.

The causes of seasonal hay fever can vary depending on the time of year. For instance, tree pollen is most common in the spring, while grass pollen is prevalent in the late spring and summer, and weed pollen is common in the fall. Fungi and mold spores are often worse during warm weather months. Year-round environmental allergies are often caused by dust mites, animal dander, cockroaches, fungi, and mold spores.


While drug therapies can be effective in alleviating allergy symptoms, they can also have undesirable side effects. Natural remedies, such as oral desensitization drops, can be effective in treating environmental and food sensitivities. Natural anti-allergy supplements, including butterbur, quercetin, tinospora, vitamin C, and stinging nettle, are also safe and effective options for managing allergy symptoms.

Contact the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine

If you suspect that you have allergies, it's essential to see a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Mark Stengler can help you identify and manage your allergy symptoms with personalized, natural solutions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.