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If you find yourself sneezing and feeling a whole lot of irritation during a particular season, then you most probably suffer from seasonal allergies. In most cases, seasonal allergies, also known as hay-fever, occur as a result of an allergic reaction to pollen that usually occurs during fall, spring, and summer. However, there are other types of seasonal allergies that exist during these seasons.
Symptoms of seasonal allergies
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- Itchy or irritating eyes
- Itchy sinus and throat
- Ear congestion
- Difficulty breathing
Causes of seasonal allergies
In order to be able to treat seasonal allergies, you must first be aware of what causes them. You can find out which type of seasonal allergy you suffer from by running a specific allergen blood test that helps identify which type of pollen you’re allergic to. Seasonal allergies can be caused due to the following:
- Tree pollen
- Grass pollen
- Ragweed pollen
- Mold spores
Treatment of seasonal allergies
Depending on the type of allergy you have, you can find the right treatment. If you suffer from hay fever or urticaria seasonal allergy, you can get antihistamine over-the-counter medication. This can help relieve the symptoms entirely without causing drowsiness or sleepiness.
Prevention of seasonal allergies:
Other treatment plans include the prevention of seasonal allergies from occurring in the first place. This can be done by using the following tips:
- Keep windows and doors closed during allergy season.
- Limit outdoor contact as much as possible during allergy season.
- Wear a dust mask if necessary when heading out.
- Use air conditioning to keep the pollen away by promoting airflow.
- Remove clothes immediately and wash them.
- Follow weather reports for daily pollen count to identify the severity and risks of an allergic reaction.
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