The Doctor Is In: Spring allergies & asthma

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(KPLR) - Spring has sprung and with it comes allergies and asthma for many people.

Dr. Sonny Saggar is an internist, an urgent care physician and emergency physician, on staff at hospitals all over town. Joy Krieger is the Executive Director of the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of St. Louis. Saggar and Krieger talked to Christine Buck about allergy issues.

You can also connect with Dr. Saggar, the Medical Director at St. Louis Urgent Cares, and ask him any questions you like via:

Sonny Saggar MD


1. So, What Are Allergies?
Allergies are an abnormal response of the immune system. People who have allergies have an immune system that reacts to a usually harmless substance in the environment. This substance (pollen, mold, and animal dander, for example) is called an allergen.

Allergies are a very common problem, affecting at least two out of every 10 Americans.

People with allergies also can develop red, swollen, and itchy eyes when exposed to their allergic triggers.

If you've got allergies, you might wonder what to expect in the long term. Are you stuck with allergy symptoms, or will they get better? Or could they actually get even worse?

Are your allergies acting up? Get the facts on common allergy types.

2. What Causes Allergies?
Almost anything can trigger an allergy.

The air you breathe, whatever touches your skin, anything you put in your mouth - it`s all got potential for causing an allergy.

3. Who Is at Risk?
You can blame heredity, but it`s not that simple.

Why does St. Louis always score so high on the worst place to live with allergies? We live in a valley surrounded by 3 rivers, air is stagnant until rain, freezes or heavy winds to move the air. Also indigenous trees to our area that people are allergic to.

The prediction is that this may be the worst allergy season ever. We lost having a Spring...and all blooming will occur at one time...which is now!

4. Prevention
Take steps to identify and avoid your allergy triggers and find out how to prevent a serious reaction.

Neti Pot, Nasal Irrigation Pros and Cons

5. Complications
Allergies and Asthma

Asthma attacks (worsening of asthma symptoms) can be triggered by allergies, which can temporarily increase the inflammation of the airways in a susceptible person.

Allergies and Sleep

Many of us know the misery of allergies all too well -- the sneezing, runny nose, and postnasal drip; watery, itchy eyes, ears, nose, and throat. Whether from the symptoms or the medication we use to treat them, our sleep often suffers.


Sinusitis is an inflammation, or swelling, of the tissue lining the sinuses. Normally, sinuses are filled with air, but when sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, germs (bacteria, viruses, and fungi) can grow and cause an infection.

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St. Louis Urgent Cares has 4 locations in St. Louis:

  • Downtown Urgent Care
  • Eureka Urgent Care
  • Creve Coeur Urgent Care
  • North City Urgent Care


You can also connect with Dr. Saggar, the Medical Director at St. Louis Urgent Cares, and ask him any questions you like via:

Sonny Saggar MD

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