AUSTIN, TX, September 29, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Austin has already earned the nickname "allergy capital of the world," but after this summer's dry weather and wildfires, Austin allergy sufferers may be in for one of the roughest falls in recent memory.
William Howland MD has watched the seasons change in Austin since childhood. In fact, it was William Howland MD's battle with allergies as a child that prompted him to choose allergies and asthma as a medical specialty. His practice, Allergy and Asthma Center of Austin, is located in the heart of Austin, helping thousands of patients find relief from respiratory problems.
William Howland MD anticipates Austin's especially warm, dry summer will cause increased problems this year, especially for those who are sensitive to allergens. Certain mold spores feed on dry vegetation and the wildfires that have caused so much devastation can also create lung-irritating particles, William Howland MD warns.
Additionally, William Howland MD notes there has been an increase in pollution due to consistent sunshine and excessive automobile exhaust. This creates high levels of ozone, which can cause further irritation for those who suffer from allergy-related respiratory issues. William Howland MD advises sufferers to spend as little time outdoors as possible, wearing a 3M P100 mask if wildfire smoke is near and time outside is necessary.
Fall is usually a rough time of year on Austin residents who suffer from allergies, William Howland MD notes. But the dry weather has brought some good news. According to William Howland MD, ragweed and pigweed, two of Austin's worst autumn offenders, are at drastically reduced levels this year. The dry weather killed off large chunks of the grass and weeds that cause fall's worst problems, so William Howland MD estimates ragweed and pigweed will be pollinating 50-75% lower this year than in previous years. This is good news for many seasonal allergy sufferers.
"Allergies are an unnecessary reaction to a harmless substance," William Howland MD explains on his practice's website, nosneezes.com. William Howland MD has found that while many of his patients' allergies are genetically inherited, they generally develop over time, due to exposure.
In addition to seasonal allergies, William Howland MD sees patients who suffer from everyday allergens, such as dust mites and pet dander. Dr. Howland works with his patients to help them understand the difference between colds, sinus infections, and allergies, and helps determine what, if any, treatment is needed. In more mild cases, William Howland MD has found that decreasing exposure takes care of the reaction. In more severe cases, Dr. Howland and his staff test a patient to determine the source of that patient's allergy, and either prescribe medication or formulate a routine injection plan to systemically alleviate allergy suffering.
William Howland MD's Allergy and Asthma Center is located in Austin, on North Mopac Expressway. Dr. Howland treats patients with a variety of allergies, including seasonal allergies, Cedar Fever, asthma, and food allergies. William Howland MD has been helping Austin patients since 1991. For more information, visit Dr. William Howland online at http://nosneezes.com
Austin, Texas allergist William Howland MD knows first hand what it's like to grow up in a town with pollen counts often in the medium-high to high range. A native of Austin, William Howland MD has dedicated his professional life to help his fellow residents find relief. Voted one of the best doctors in Austin by the magazine Austin Monthly, William Howland MD has served as president of the Austin Allergy Society for the past three years.
In addition to his busy private practice, Allergy and Asthma Center of Austin, for more than fifteen years William Howland MD has been conducting research in the field of allergies and asthma, seeking to find new medications to ease symptoms. Growing up in Austin, Dr. Howland has suffered from allergies and asthma himself and is happy to be able to help others. "It is gratifying to be able to improve patient's health and quality of life with all the new procedures and medicines now available," says William Howland MD. "Even though Austin is 'the allergy capital of the world', with proper treatment most people can feel fine and really enjoy all the wonderful things about Central Texas."
In addition to treating those with seasonal allergies, William Howland MD works with patients who suffer from asthma and hives and allergic reactions to insect bites, drugs and foods. Dr. Howland stresses the importance of treating allergies in small children, as their reactions to allergens can significantly affect their quality of life and ability to participate in normal activities. Dr. William Howland MD sees patients as young as four years old and has a special interest in Cedar Fever, a wintertime allergy that affects Texans.
William Howland MD received his MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and is a member of the Phi Chi medical fraternity. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in Austin, graduating Magna Cum Laude. William Howland MD completed his Internal Medicine Internship at Tulsa Medical College, his Internal Medicine Residency at Scott and White Hospital and his Allergy and Immunology Fellowship at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, California. His research has been widely published and he hosts a regular televised segment on KVUE news about allergies.
Prior to opening his own practice, William Howland MD worked for the Allergy and Asthma Center in St. Petersburg, Florida and with Allergy and Asthma Associates in Columbia, South Carolina. He also served as clinical assistant professor in the University of South Carolina's School of Medicine. Currently, William Howland MD serves as medical director of Sirius Clinical Research, a pharmaceutical testing facility that seeks to find the best medical treatment for allergies and asthma. William Howland MD has been conducting research in the field of allergies and asthma for more than fifteen years.
Board certified in Internal Medicine and Allergy and Immunology, William Howland MD volunteers at Austin's Volunteer Health Clinic, helping patients who might not be able to otherwise afford treatment.
In his spare time, William Howland MD plays bass in a rock band called Code Blue. Performing at venues around Austin, Code Blue is a classic rock cover band, performing songs by such acts as The Eagles, 38 Special and the Rolling Stones. Dr. Howland lives in Austin with his wife, Cindy, and two children. In addition to his love of music, William Howland MD enjoys photography, astronomy, and website development.
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