Ragweed is the number one cause of fall hay fever in the United States. In North Carolina, the season typically begins in August, peaking in September and ending with the first frost. If you find yourself reaching for the box of tissue more often due to increased sneezing and itchy-watery eyes, you may be one of the many people suffering from seasonal allergic rhinitis, or better known as “hay fever”.
How does this Affects your Teeth?
If you are one of the almost 36 million Americans suffering from “hay fever”, you may experience pain from your teeth. Sinus problems that are worsened with the onset of “hay fever season” can manifest as tooth pain.
Allergic rhinitis is an allergic inflammation of the nasal airways. This happens when you breath in something your immune system in sensitive too. Allergic rhinitis can cause inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, eustachian tubes, middle ear, sinuses, and throat . These symptoms manifest in any combination that can consist of: sneezing, itchy nose, itchy eyes, itchy ears, runny nose, postnasal drip, congestion, headache, earache, tearing, red eyes, eye swelling, and fatigue. In addition, this can cause dental pain in your upper back teeth, and your lower back teeth. Unfortunately, allergies are common and affect approximately 20% of the population.
How to Help “Hay Fever” Symptoms?
Unless you live in an allergen free bubble or walk around with your own oxygen mask, outside allergies are near impossible to avoid. The best defense is to avoid outdoors during peek pollen times. Ragweed is at its worse between 5am and 10am and also, dry, hot windy days. Antihistamines, decongestants, and nose sprays are used to alleviate the allergic reactions caused by ragweed.
To keep your teeth in perfect condition, contact the offices of J.C. Duncan DDS FAGD
J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078
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