Pikeville doctor warns against 'allergy season' misconceptions

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Allergies can be a nuisance. And as the seasons change so do the allergens that wreak havoc.

While the term "allergy season" is used often, Pikeville Medical Center Otolaryngologist William Helton says there is not one set season for allergies.

"Allergy season is really year-round season," Helton said. "You have these symptoms that are kind of running most of the year, but then you have a flare of those symptoms."

Those flares, he said, are due to seasonal exacerbation. Helton said allergens are different as the seasons change, but they still impact people in the same ways. He said people are often incorrectly self-diagnosing or ignoring their symptoms altogether.

"They can make it to work, but they're in a fog. So, maybe they could have got five tasks completed, but they only got through two or three," Helton said. "They don't have to live that way. There's treatment out there."

Proper allergy testing is crucial, according to Helton. He said a correct diagnosis could mean all the difference to a patient's quality of life.

Helton said the PMC Clinic offers allergy tests and is accepting new patients on the ninth floor.

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