By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: June 2007
Michelle Fugitt, D.O., and Debbi, L.P.N., see many seasonal allergy sufferers each spring.
Dr. Michelle Fugitt specializes in internal medicine and, this time of year, treats many patients suffering from seasonal allergies. Early spring marks the budding of trees and the blooming of flowers, both of which trigger allergic reactions. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, rhinitis affects more than 50 million Americans each year
Allergic rhinitis makes life absolutely miserable for those who suffer from it. Triggered by allergens, it causes inflammation of the nasal lining, making the nose sensitive to irritants. Incidents occur mostly in the spring due to pollens being released by trees, grass and weeds. Dr. Fugitt says, “Symptoms may include sneezing, congestion, a runny nose, watery eyes, dark circles under the eyes, as well as itching in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, eyes and ears.”
Although allergic triggers can cause symptoms, at least one out of three rhinitis patients can be classified as non-allergic. Usually affecting adults, non-allergic rhinitis’ predominant symptoms are runny nose and nasal congestion. This can occur year round.
Dr. Fugitt can help identify the type of rhinitis that is triggering your discomfort, and she can develop a comprehensive treatment plan. This plan may include ways to reduce exposure to allergens and prescription medication to reduce symptoms. Some of the medications may include nasal corticosteroid sprays, nasal antihistamine sprays, antihistamine or decongestant pills. Over the counter medications may be effective but have numerous side effects such as drowsiness. The newer prescription medications are effective with fewer side effects and can be used long term for symptom reduction.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, call Dr. Fugitt at (918) 392-7606. Take control of your symptoms today and find relief.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.