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In this mybergen.com Healthy Living Blog, Dr. Anna Pudinak, MD, of AP Health Family Practice in Clifton, New Jersey, explains the causes and treatment options available for seasonal allergies.
What are seasonal allergies?
Seasonal allergies, also called “hay fever,” are a group of conditions that can cause sneezing, a stuffy nose, or a runny nose. Symptoms usually only occur at certain times of the year. Most seasonal allergies are caused by:
Pollens from trees, grasses, or weeds
Mold spores, which grow when the weather is humid, wet, or damp
Normally, people breathe in these substances without a problem. When a person has a seasonal allergy, his or her immune system acts as if the substance is harmful to the body. This causes symptoms. Many people first get seasonal allergies when they are children or young adults. Seasonal allergies are usually life-long, but symptoms can get better or worse over time. Seasonal allergies sometimes run in families.
Some people have symptoms like those of seasonal allergies, but their symptoms last all year. Year-round symptoms are usually caused by:
Insects, such as dust mites and cockroaches
Animals, such as cats and dogs
What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies?
Symptoms can include:
Stuffy nose, runny nose, or sneezing a lot
Itchy or red eyes
Sore throat, or itching of the throat or ears
Waking up at night or trouble sleeping
Feeling tired all day
How are seasonal allergies treated?
People with seasonal allergies might use one or more of the following treatments to help reduce their symptoms:
Allergy pills (under the tongue)
Can seasonal allergy symptoms be prevented?
Yes. Some people can prevent symptoms by starting their medicine a week or two before the time of year that you start having symptoms. You can also help prevent symptoms by avoiding the things you are allergic to. For example, people who are allergic to pollen can:
Stay inside during the times of the year when they have symptoms
Keep car and house windows closed, and use air conditioning instead
Take a shower before bed to rinse pollen off their hair and skin
Wear a dust mask if they need to be outside, especially if sweeping or blowing off walks, decks or driveways