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Spring time allergy relief tips

Hay fever is an allergic condition that causes cold like symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, and sneezing. It is caused with outdoor and indoor allergens such as pollen, dust mites and pet dander.

Spring time can be the worst time of the year for allergy sufferers due to the increased exposure to pollen, but many people can have symptoms year long. Severity of the hay fever can make a person miserable and it can interfere with work or school performance. Learning to avoid the allergen triggers and finding the right treatment can have a big impact.

Symptoms

Runny nose and nasal congestion

Watery and itchy eyes

Sneezing

Cough

Sinus pressure and facial pain

Decreased sense of smell or taste

Allergens

Seasonal triggers include:

Tree/flower pollen  -Spring

Grass pollen             -Late spring and summer

Ragweed pollen       -Fall

Fungi and molds     -Warm humid months

Year round triggers include:

Dust mites and insects

Pet dander

Spores from indoor fungi and molds

 

Treatment

Best treatment for the Hay fever is to avoid the allergens that trigger the allergic reaction. However this is not possible for majority of people. Efforts to reduce the allergen exposure, such as wearing a dust mask for certain activities can be helpful. You can also sometimes modify the indoor environment to decrease the exposure to allergens.
If you do suffer from Hay fever over the counter medications may be enough to relieve the symptoms. Some patients with severe symptoms need prescription medications. If you do need medications, taking medication prior to the exposure to allergen is better.
You should see a Doctor if your symptoms are ongoing and bothersome; the allergy medications are not working for you; or if allergy medication side effects are causing problem. Patients with severe allergy can be referred to an Allergy Specialist for skin testing to determine the exact allergen causing the symptoms. Patients can then be treated with immunotherapy (allergy shots), to decrease the response of the allergen over the course of a few years.

Reference: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hay-fever/DS00174

Note: All information on our website is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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