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Seasonal allergies: Are you getting the right treatment?

Warm, sunny weather often calls for spending every possible moment outside soaking up the sun. But when you have seasonal allergies, going outside may actually be more miserable than enjoyable.

Although Americans get about one billion colds each year, there are millions of people who suffer from allergy symptoms that can last weeks at a time. Accompanied by sneezing and itchy eyes, seasonal allergies can put a real damper on enjoying the summer weather. Fortunately, there are ways to relieve allergy symptoms with the right medical care.

Causes and symptoms

During spring and summer, the most common causes of allergies are trees and grasses. The pollen floating off of trees and certain plants, such as ryegrass and even some weeds, can cause allergy sufferers to experience a variety of unpleasant reactions. Some of the most common symptoms of seasonal allergies include:

  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Postnasal drainage
  • Coughing
  • Itchy throat or ear canals

Some people may experience headaches, wheezing or shortness of breath, which may be signs of more serious allergic reactions. Additionally, those with asthma may find seasonal allergies to trigger more asthma attacks. Overall, seasonal allergies can be extremely unpleasant but can be treated at local medical clinics.

Treatment options

One of the simplest ways to treat seasonal allergies is to avoid allergy triggers. This can be difficult to do, though, especially on sunny days when you just want to be outside. But if your allergies are severe, you may want to consider keeping your windows shut and limiting your time spent outside. Additionally, cleaning air filters and using an air conditioner can help keep your home as allergen-free as possible.

Allergy sufferers can also seek medical care to treat their allergies. Over-the-counter antihistamines can help significantly reduce the effects of seasonal allergies. Furthermore, if you suffer from severe allergies, your doctor may recommend allergy shots to help your body adjust to allergens. Decongestants and nasal sprays are also great ways to help lessen allergy symptoms. It's important to talk to a doctor to see which one would be the best option for your symptoms.

Allergies can make even the sunniest, happiest day be miserable. If you suffer from allergies, make sure you're seeking treatment — because with the right treatment, you can enjoy the summer sun without having to carry tissues everywhere you go.


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