According to a study conducted in the Netherlands, driving with allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, sneezing, and fatigue is just as dangerous as driving with an impaired blood-alcohol level. In the July issue of Allergy, the study reveals that the researchers began their study after reading reports that hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is linked to a growing number of car accident reports.
At The Allergy and Environmental Treatment Center, LLC, Dr. Liszewski does not rely on allergy medication to help allergy stricken patients. It is through thorough examinations, allergy testing, immunotherapy, and research that the team is able to identify allergens and provide patients with the best management strategies. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Allergy and Environmental Treatment Center, LLC is the leading allergy testing facility in the entire southwest region of the United States.
For the study, 19 individuals in their 30s and who suffer with grass and tree pollen allergies were examined both during the off-season and periods of irritating allergy symptoms. The researchers provided antihistamines, steroid nasal spray, or a placebo pill/spray to the participants followed by grass and tree allergens to provoke allergy symptoms. The group was then directed to do a 60-minute driving test along with verbal memory tests.
The results revealed that the participants in the placebo group had driving impairments comparable to a blood-alcohol level of .03 percent. The antihistamine and nasal spray group had scores that were slightly lower.
Allergic rhinitis affects 30 percent of Americans, both who receive treatment and who ignore their symptoms. Studies like this one continue to show that allergic rhinitis and other allergy conditions impair cognitive functions that can result in disastrous situations. If you suffer from allergic rhinitis or unknown allergy symptoms, trust the experts at The Allergy and Environmental Treatment Center, LLC for testing. Dr. Liszewski and the entire team provide services in pediatric testing, adult testing, the diagnosis of allergies, and various effective treatments; which go beyond simply prescribing allergy medication. For more information, contact a representative at The Allergy and Environmental Treatment Center, LLC.
Providing the most comprehensive testing, diagnosis, and treatment of allergy diseases, The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC is the leading allergy clinic in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. If you suffer from environmental, food, or chemical allergies, don’t wait any longer and call us now at (480) 634-2985!
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