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Seasonal Allergies: What You Should Know

What are seasonal allergies?

To better understand seasonal allergies, one needs to know what allergies are. Allergies occur when the body mistakes certain substances (known as allergens) as a threat. When the immune system detects the allergen, it releases histamines which induce the physical symptoms of allergies. Seasonal allergies are allergies which occur periodically according to the season.

What causes seasonal allergies?

Allergens of seasonal allergies differ depending on the allergy season. During the spring the common culprit is tree pollen. Grass commonly causes seasonal allergies in the summertime, whereas allergic reactions to ragweed are commonplace from late summer to the end of fall. Year-round allergies are most commonly caused by dust and mold.

What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies?

The symptoms of seasonal allergies are similar to the symptoms of year-round allergies. The most common symptoms include: itchy palate, itchy throat, sinus congestion, runny nose, and sneezing. Sufferers of year round allergies usually take allergy medication on a regular basis throughout the year.

Why do people have seasonal allergies?

Although the direct cause of allergies remains unknown, genetics are suspected to indirectly cause allergies. Specific allergies are not inherited, however the tendency of developing an allergy increases if one’s parent(s) has allergies.

How can I prevent seasonal allergies?

By avoiding the outdoors when the pollen count is high, one can reduce exposure to pollen thus reducing the occurrence of seasonal allergies. To make outdoor activities and events more enjoyable, it is best to make outdoor plans when the pollen count is low. To reduce contact with allergens, take a shower and changes your clothes once you have returned indoors. If you have pets, make sure to keep them clean as well, as pet fur can contain dander and outdoor allergens which can aggravate your allergies.

How can allergy medications treat seasonal allergies?

Over the counter allergy medications are often anti-histamines. Anti-histamines work to inhibit the production and action of the naturally released histamines in the body. For best results, it is recommended for one to take anti-histamines before allergy season. Doing so will make the event of allergies occurring less likely, and you will not have to deal with any of the symptoms. For eye irritation, eye drops are taken to relieve one from itchy red eyes. There are allergy medications available which can treat nasal symptoms along with irritated eyes such as Reactine. If you continually suffer from eye related allergy symptoms, you can use allergy eyedrops which work to soothe and prevent these symptoms for reoccurring.