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During the spring, microscopic tree pollen is released and carried on currents of air. This release is designed to fertilize trees of the same species that may or may not be nearby.
Unfortunately for allergy sufferers, pollen carried into our noses and lungs can trigger the development of allergy symptoms, including itchy, runny eyes and nose, sneezing, and asthma symptoms such as wheezing and chest tightness. These symptoms tend to be more noticeable on warmer, windy days.
Visit our website for more information, or contact our office for assistance.
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Tree pollen season is fast approaching in Michigan. Measurable tree pollen counts are already being collected just south of us in Ohio.
If you have a difficult time managing your allergies early in the spring, now is the time to be sure that your treatment plan is adequate. Contact our office for more information, or for help scheduling an appointment.
http://www.allergywestmi.com/contact-us.html
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Congratulations to our own Dr. Richard Townley!
Dr. Townley has been voted to Grand Rapids Magazine's list of Best Doctors for 2015-2016 for both Pediatric and Adult Allergy. The staff and patients at Allergy Associates of Western Michigan thank you for your dedication.

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Increased asthma symptoms with cold exposure can be especially concerning in children. However, participation in physical activities, exercise, and sports should be encouraged in children, even when they have asthma and it is cold outdoors.

An individualized treatment plan is one of the best ways to prevent cold weather from triggering asthma symptoms. Please contact our office for assistance with treating and preventing cold weather related asthma symptoms.

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Cold air can cause some asthmatics to experience increased wheezing or other asthma symptoms.
This does not mean that asthmatics should be forced to stay indoors during winter months.
The AAAAI provides a short article on asthma and winter sports. For more information, please contact our office.

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Yes we are open today! 
Shot hours for both Grandville and Grand Rapids locations are 8:30 - 11:30 am and 1:00 - 4:30 pm today.
Drive safely!
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During the winter months, many allergy sufferers may experience a decrease in symptoms, perhaps requiring medication less frequently. The winter months can be an optimal time to have your allergies evaluated, or re-evaluated, for two reasons:
1. Testing is easier when you require less medication. Antihistamines such as Claritin and Zyrtec interfere with allergy testing and need to be avoided for several days prior to you evaluation. It may be more difficult to avoid medications when you need them to control daily symptoms. 
2. Evaluation during winter allows for an individualized treatment plan to be prepared prior to an increase in allergy symptoms. Prevention is generally more successful in controlling seasonal and situational allergy symptoms.
Be prepared for you seasonal allergies by scheduling your evaluation and follow up visits this winter. For more information, please contact our office.
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Allergy Associates of Western Michigan is happy to announce that we now participate with Great Lakes Health Connect.

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Please note that both office locations will be CLOSING next Wednesday, November 25th at 3 pm, with shot hours ending at 2:30 pm. 
We will remain CLOSED Thursday, November 26th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 
Regular office hours will resume Monday, November 30th.
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The house dust mite, and more specifically it's feces, is generally the most allergic component of house dust. The mite is actually too small to be seen with the naked eye, and is quite primitive, limiting it's daily functions to moving, eating, reproducing, and eliminating waste. 
Dust mites feed mainly on the tiny flakes of skin we shed as a normal part of our day. These flakes can work their way deep into upholstered furniture, carpets, and bedding, where mites thrive, particularly with temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity levels between 75-80%. They are unable to survive humidity levels below 50%.
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