3 Signs You Have Seasonal Allergies

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Every year millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Some symptoms can include sneezing, congestion, and runny nose to name a few. Seasonal allergies can affect you year round, but most people find that their symptoms are more prevalent or intense at the turn of Spring. Whichever symptom may be bothering you, we have ways to help. Read on to learn more about allergy symptoms and seasonality.

1. Common Symptoms

Allergies can come in a variety of forms. You do not need to have every symptom to determine if you have a seasonal allergy. Here are some of the most common symptoms of seasonal allergies: 

– Sneezing
– Congestion
– Runny nose
– Watery eyes
– Itchy eyes
– Itchy throat

 

2. Additional Symptoms

These symptoms are not as common as the ones above, yet many people suffer from the following during allergy season:

– Headache
– Wheezing
– Coughing

 

3. Allergy Sources During Certain Seasons

As mentioned previously, allergies can occur at any point in the year. Although Springtime is the most common time for seasonal allergies, different sources can give you allergies during other seasons. This list can give you a better idea of what may affect you during different seasons: 

Spring – Birch, Cedar, Alder, Horse Chestnut, Willow, and Poplar

Summer – Ryegrass, Timothy Grass, and Weeds

Fall – Ragweed, Nettles, Mugworts, Sorrels, Fat Hens, and Plantains

Winter – Mold, Pet Dander, Dust Mites, and Cockroaches

 

Solving Your Seasonal Allergies

Unfortunately, seasonal allergies cannot be completely cured, but most symptoms can be alleviated with certain medications. There are over-the-counter medicines that fall under categories such as antihistamines, decongestants, and saline spray. An antihistamine can help prevent sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. A decongestant can relieve sinus pressure and open up your sinuses for better breathing. The saline spray is perfect for cleaning out all the mucus in the nose. Use the saline spray once in the morning and again at night to ensure you are completely flushed out. 

These medications are the first step in addressing your seasonal allergies. However, if you find that over-the-counter medication is proving ineffective, then consult your doctor regarding prescription medications.

 

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