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Seasonal Allergy: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Seasonal Allergy is also called allergic rhinitis or hay fever. This allergy is a common condition that affects millions of Americans. Seasonal Allergy is from an allergic reaction to the growth cycle for mold and plants. As they grow, plants, and mold release pollen and spores into the air. When you breathe in spores and pollen, it causes irritation and inflammation.

What are the signs of Seasonal Allergy?

symptoms of Pet Allergy
  • Temporary loss of smell
  • Headache
  • Sneezing
  • Dry cough
  • Circles under eyes
  • Itchy mouth, nose, or throat
  • Itchy, watery, or red eyes
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Drainage from the nose down the back of the throat (postnasal drip)
  • Tiredness
  • Snoring (due to congestion)

What causes Seasonal Allergy?

  • Pollen

Pollen is a common cause of seasonal allergies. A high pollen count means you’re much more likely to have worse allergy symptoms. 

  • Mold

Mold typically appears as black, white, or green splotches on damp surfaces. It commonly grows in bathrooms and basements. Like pollen, mold spores are carried through the air. But unlike some allergens, mold easily travels on both wet and dry days.

  • Dust mites

Dust mites are microscopic bugs that live in warm and humid environments. Their skin droppings are what cause an allergic reaction.

  • Animal dander

Contrary to what many people may think, animal fur or hair alone doesn’t cause allergies. It’s the animal’s dander that usually triggers allergies. 

Diagnosis for Seasonal Allergy

A doctor or an allergy specialist can provide an official allergy diagnosis. And to do so, they will typically recommend an allergy test.

A skin prick test is the most common way to test for allergies. During the test, your skin is lightly pricked with suspected allergens and then monitored for allergic reactions. A variety of allergens can be tested.

Treatment for Seasonal Allergy

Suffering from seasonal allergies can be miserable. There are several ways to treat your allergies, before and after they start acting up.

There are various over-the-counter treatment options for seasonal allergies. Many can be easily built into your daily routine to help relieve symptoms. Below are the treatment options you may use:

Treatment

Allergy Medications

1. Antihistamines

2. Nasal steroid sprays

3. Decongestants 

  • Sudafed 

Other ways to reduce allergens in your home:

  • Wash your sheets, blankets, and pillowcases in hot or warm water every week or two.
  • Vacuum twice a week, especially if there are pets in the house.
  • Wash your clothes after you’ve been outdoors.
  • Shut the windows and run an air filter when pollen levels are high outside.
  • Jump in the shower and wash your hair when you get home to remove pollen particles on your person.
  • Keep pets out of the bedroom.