New Orleans is rated in the top 5 worst cities for seasonal and outdoor allergies. NOLA is also known for our short sun showers or rain storms mid afternoon. It is a common misconception that the rain cleans the air of pollen and dust like it does with the humidity. The rain falling from the sky picks up the pollen in the air or on the leaves of trees like you were dusting your dinning room table.

During a rainstorm, the pollen in your environment gets saturated and fractures, releasing small particles into the air at a much higher concentration, when patients inhale them it causes a syndrome called ‘thunderclap asthma. This is a higher more concentrated pollen intake.

Then, there’s an allergic reaction in the lungs, causing asthma symptoms, or for those without asthma, allergy symptoms in the upper airways.

Keeping clean of pollen with air filters, cleaning air ducts and simple steps like washing your hands after being outside and a good long shower before bed can reduce these symptoms. Treatment of the allergy or sensitivity in our office in as little as 3-5 visits can alleviate permanently the bodies reactions to these nasty intruders!

Contact Dr. Michelle to schedule your Allergy Test Consultation. Within an hour she can pinpoint the cause and develop a treatment plan to have you breathing right inside and outside all year round!