Cold weather has arrived in Texas but with that also brings constant sniffling, nasal congestion, headaches, sleep disruption, red, puffy eyes, itchy throat, and even hives. The frequent cause of these symptoms – Ragweed. Severe ragweed allergy cases can lead to chronic sinus problems and even asthma attacks.

What causes these symptoms? In allergy sufferers, the body’s immune system responds to things in the environment that are actually harmless. Specific cells in the immune system respond to very small particles such as pollen from ragweed flowers. These specialized cells mistakenly see these particles as a threat and generate antibodies to the proteins found in these pollen grains.  The body then reacts by flooding your blood stream with histamine.  This histamine release is the reason we experience these annoying and often miserable allergy symptoms.

Like all allergies, ragweed allergy occurs when the body’s immune system mounts a vigorous response to a foreign substance that is actually harmless — in this case, tiny grains of pollen released by maturing ragweed flowers. “Your immune system reacts to them as if they were a threat,” says Nathanael S. Horne, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College in Valhalla and an allergy specialist in private practice in New York City. Specialized immune cells start churning out antibodies to proteins in the pollen. The ensuing cascade of biochemical reactions floods the bloodstream with histamine, a compound that causes all-too-familiar allergy symptoms. In addition to sneezing, sniffling, nasal congestion, and sleep disruption, ragweed allergy can cause red, puffy eyes, itchy throat, and even hives. Severe cases can lead to chronic sinus problems (sinusitis) and even asthma attacks.

 

 

Are you ready to be happy and hair-free?

 

How would it feel to finally get rid of unwanted hair virtually everywhere on your body—back, arms, legs, underarms, bikini line, chest and face? No more shaving or waxing—plucking or bleaching. Think about it. That would add some time and sanity to your life, right?

 

Maybe you have hesitated, because you don’t really know what this “laser hair removal” stuff is all about.  You may think it just sounds too sci-fi— kind of like Star Wars your doc’s office—or just plain dangerous.  Well, here’s some helpful info. Laser hair-reduction technology is an FDA-cleared procedure that’s effective for men and women of all skin types.

 

The laser light is attracted to the skin pigment known as melanin in the hair follicle; therefore, only the active follicles can be treated. The laser does not affect the dormant or resting follicles, because they do not contain melanin.  So, here’s how the laser process works—the melanin in the hair follicle absorbs the laser light energy. When the absorbed light is converted into heat, the follicle cells overheat and become permanently disabled.

 

At any one time, 50% to 85% of your hair follicles are in the active phase, but only 25% to 30% of your hairs have enough of the pigment in their roots to absorb the laser beam which damages the hair root. So, only about 25% to 30 % of your hair roots are good targets for the laser beam at any given session. That’s why you need multiple visits. Follicle activation can also be impacted by a myriad of factors—hormones, illness, medications and heredity.

 

During the procedure, each pulse of the laser covers an area approximately the size a quarter. We apply a cooling gel to help keep you comfortable during the process, and cold air blows across the treatment area to help with skin cooling and comfort, as well.  This laser process is very fast. For example, the treatment time for small body takes 30 minutes or less.

 

So,  with follicles stripped of their hair-growing powers, you are left with the perpetually silky, smooth, hairless skin you seek. Success!

 

Almost all patients need a minimum of six treatments to reach their hair-reduction objectives, but many will elect to have more treatments—even 8 treatments or more.  We recommend spacing treatment sessions every 4 to 8 weeks depending on your treatment plan.   The number of treatments necessary depends on the area and is unique to each individual. All skin ethnicities can be treated.

 

Let us know if you have questions about this or any of our other treatments. See you soon!

 

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