Spring is officially here and has been for quite a while. Buffalonians who suffer from allergic rhinitis know that even the pollen report can’t always fully prepare them for the day ahead. Unfortunately, forecasts just aren’t that accurate. Thankfully, a new team of allergy specialists from Bangor University is leading what Professor Simon Creer calls the PollerGen project to track different strains of grass and better educate the public.

What Have Allergy Specialists Done Until Now?

Up until now, allergy specialists have tested for the general pollen count. This report will tell you how many grains of pollen are in the air, but it won’t tell you about the different strains of pollen present. Those who suffer from hay fever can’t rely on these numbers to plan their day. Sometimes a high pollen count means that they’ll need to keep a pack of tissues and bottle of Claritin on-hand at all times, and at other times high numbers are misleading.

What Are the Allergy Specialists at PollerGen Doing?

Accompanied by scientists from the U.K. to Australia, Professor Simon Creer, a professor of molecular ecology at Bangor University, developed a technique called metabarcoding to analyze what he refers to as “environmental DNA.” By testing fragments of genetic material they find in the soil, water, and air, these scientists have been able to identify and classify various strains of grass.

“Bringing a range of specialists together has enabled us to find initial answers,” says Dr Georgina Brennan, from Bangor, analyzes data with Dr Catrin Potter, a researcherfrom Aberystwyth.

“Our task is now to develop a clearer picture of where the pollen comes from, how it moves through the air and how different types of pollen can be linked to allergies.”

Hopefully, by matching grass strains to the pollen they produce, these allergy specialists will be able to modify pollen forecasts and help people from all over the world to better cope with allergic rhinitis.

What is the Definition of an Allergy?

What are allergies anyway? Why do they exist in the first place? How do people develop them, and is there any way to cure them? As it turns out, allergies are still a bit of a medical mystery. While we do know how to treat them, we don’t know exactly why they exist. That being said, here’s your Buffalo, NY ENT’s allergy definition.

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Top 5 Over-the-Counter Allergy Eye Drops

Red, itchy eyes, otherwise known as allergic conjunctivitis, are one of the most common symptoms of hay fever here in Buffalo, NY, and while there’s no cure, over-the-counter allergy eye drops can help bring temporary relief. However, if symptoms worsen, make sure to see a physician about prescription eye drops. While over-the-counter products may be fine for allergic rhinitis, you’ll need something stronger if you come down with a bacterial or viral infection.

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The hard-to-swallow facts about your salivary glands!

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ALWAYS CONGESTED? IT MIGHT BE A DEVIATED SEPTUM

The septum is a thin wall made of cartilage and bone that separates the nasal cavity into two chambers and divides the airflow directing it to two directions. Occasionally, the septum will deviate to one side or the other, or both, and therefore block the airflow causing you congestion. Thankfully, a deviated septum and its correction are fairly common, so if you feel like your nasal cavity is constantly obstructed due to an abnormal septum, you are in good company.

Which Allergy Medicine Should You Use?

Buffalonians know that the pollen count in Western New York is particularly high. When your symptoms are particularly bad, you can use over-the-counter antihistamines to keep the sniffles in check. Today, we’re going to review Zyrtec and Claritin–both non-prescription allergy medicine—to see how they compare, once and for all.

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Kids Staying Home With the Sniffles Again?

Part of parenting is keeping a never-ending supply of tissues. All kids get sick from time to time, and you may not always need a Buffalo Children’s ENT. Children frequently come home with the sniffles, and most of the time, a healthy dose of TLC will do the trick. However, if your children are blowing their nose day in and day out, they may need professional assistance.

Tonsils, a dangling dilemma – demystified!

Tonsillitis entails inflammation of the glands in the back of the throat. These infection-fighting lymph node glands are known as pharyngeal tonsils. The tissue at the back of the tongue (lingual tonsils) as well as the adenoids may also be affected by this inflammation. Tonsillitis can range from acute to chronic. Other variations include recurrent tonsillitis which consists of multiple episodes of tonsillitis within a year. There’s also peritonsillar abscess which is similar (bacteria-wise) to strep throat, where there’s an accumulation of pus in the tissue around the tonsils.