Seasonal Allergies Specialist

Dr. Katie Thompson, D.C. -  - Chiropractor

The Health Improvement Center

Dr. Katie Thompson, D.C.

Chiropractor & Nutritionist located in Vienna, VA

Allergies are your immune system’s overreaction to substances that don’t typically affect others. These substances, called allergens, cause reactions that range from merely bothersome to life-threatening. Some allergies are seasonal, like hay fever. Others, like dust mites, seem always to be around. Whether you suffer from seasonal or environmental allergies, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Katie Thompson at The Health Improvement Center in Vienna, Virginia.

Seasonal Allergies Q & A

What are environmental allergies?

Environmental allergies are a result of exposure to substances in the environment, and they don’t get better or worse with the seasons. The most common environmental allergies include:

Dust Mites

Dust mites are tiny bugs that live in bedding, mattresses, upholstered furniture, and carpets. It's impossible to get rid of them completely.


Dander, skin flakes, saliva, and urine from pets can cause environmental allergies.


Molds are typically found outside and enter your home every time you open a door or window. Homes often develop mold problems in damp and dark areas, including:

  • Basements
  • Closets
  • Bathrooms (especially showers)
  • Refrigerator drip trays
  • Houseplants
  • Air conditioners
  • Humidifiers


Any house can develop a mold problem with certain conditions. Mold also likes to grow on drywall, wood, and fabrics, as well as in garbage pails, mattresses, upholstered furniture, and old foam rubber pillows.


  • Smoke, including tobacco smoke and smoke from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces
  • Strong odors from perfume, hairspray, paint, cooking exhaust, cleaning products, insecticides, air fresheners, and electronic air cleaners
  • Cold air

What are seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies usually refer to grass, pollen, and hay fever due to microscopic particles released into the air by trees, grasses, and weeds. However, there are different groups of triggers for each season, including:

  • Insect bites and stings
  • Chlorine from swimming pools
  • Pine trees and wreaths

How are environmental and seasonal allergies treated?

Environmental and seasonal allergies disrupt the communication flow between your body and brain. Dr. Katie uses the Allergy Clearing Technique to reduce or eliminate your allergy symptoms.

The Allergy Clearing Technique uses the principles of acupuncture without the needles. It clears your food, environmental, and seasonal allergies one at a time in a specific sequence. The Allergy Clearing Technique is a natural, drugless, painless, non-invasive method that helps everyone, regardless of age.

For help alleviating your environmental and seasonal allergy symptoms, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Katie at The Health Improvement Center in Vienna, Virginia.