How to Deal With Seasonal Allergies?
Right as the flu season ends, allergy season begins and the misery starts all over again.As the days get longer and warmer, we want to spend more time outdoors enjoying activities we love. How do we do this when we have seasonal allergies? What are allergies and symptoms of allergies? Is there a way to treat or avoid them? We will elaborate on these questions and more to help you have a happier allergy season.
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), seasonal allergies are the leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S with a million Americans reported suffering every year. In the last year, 8 percent of the U.S was diagnosed with hay fever.
What am I allergic to?
Many people have allergies and most common allergies are outdoor tree, grass, weed pollen and ragweed. Ragweed is a plant native and grows wild across the entire country. The only way to exactly know what kind of allergy you have is to schedule an appointment with your local doctor and have an allergy skin test done.
What are symptoms of seasonal allergies?
Some very common symptoms of seasonal allergies or hay fever are itching, sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose or sinus congestion. If a person has underlying issues such as asthma or arrhythmia this may be affected as well with coughing, wheezing or tightness in the chest. Symptoms of allergies can be very similar to that of the common cold, however, with allergies, you should feel well enough to go to work or continue daily activities. Colds are normally accompanied by muscle aches and pains, fevers and just
a general feeling of being unwell.
When does allergy season start? And when does it end? (2018)
In the Northeast, pollen season starts in the spring (around April) and lasts throughout the summer. Right now we are in the middle of tree-pollen season, people feeling allergy symptoms may be allergic to oak, hickory, pecan, and elm trees.
Why do we get allergies?
Experts think that there are several factors that cause allergies.
- Genetics- that you may have a higher chance of having an allergy to something if one of your parents is allergic to it as well. It is also possible for someone to develop an allergy that neither one of their parents has.
- Childhood- it is thought that early exposure to allergens such as dust mites, pets or pollen coupled with viral infections, in a proper settings, could lead to an allergy over time.
- Global Warming- As the Co2 levels rise in the air this stimulates ragweed to produce and release more pollen. Trees are also affected by the rising temperatures it pollinates earlier and producing pollen for much longer periods of time.
How can we avoid allergic reactions?
Some doctors advise keeping the windows closed in your house and car to prevent pollen from blowing in, and wearing sunglasses and a hat when you’re outside, so pollen doesn’t flow into your eyes and face. If you’ve been outside for a long time, it’s not a bad idea to shower as soon as you’re back indoors, so you can wash pollen grains off your skin and hair. It is also important to constantly wash your hands, do not touch your face, and for those who are prone to severe allergic reactions to carry an EPI-pen at all times.
How can we treat or avoid allergies?
The most effective medications are nasal sprays, “They spray right into the nose and sinuses, which are the area allergies, take place. So they’re much targeted. You can use nasal steroids over the counter, coupled with prescription anti-histamine. You can also get allergy shots in your arms over a period of around four years. It is recommended to consult with your physician before taking any over the counter anti- histamines when it comes to your allergies.