What are the common symptoms of springtime allergies?
Allergic rhinitis, also called hay fever, is a common allergic disorder that affects the nose and eyes. It is typically a result of an allergy to airborne substances such as pollen, dust mites, animal dander, and mold. Many patients who see our providers at Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates in Crystal Lake and Elgin, Illinois, will find that their condition is caused by tree pollen, a common spring allergy trigger.
What are the common tree pollen allergy symptoms experienced by patients?
Symptoms of allergic rhinitis caused by spring allergies include:
- Sneezing. With spring allergies, many people experience sneezing fits
- Runny nose. This is the result of your body producing more mucus to get rid of allergens from your system
- Itching, red and watery eyes. Allergens can cause the eyes to become itchy, red, and watery as they try to flush out the irritants
- Coughing. Coughing is a common spring allergy symptom that can occur when the body tries to clear the airways of allergens
- Nasal congestion. Allergens cause inflammation in the nasal passages, leading to a stuffy nose
- Headache and fatigue. Headaches and fatigue are both symptoms of spring allergies, as the body is working overtime to try and rid itself of allergens
- Rash. You may also experience a skin rash if your skin is in contact with any specific allergens
What are some strategies for reducing tree pollen allergy symptoms?
Fortunately, there are several different ways you can reduce the symptoms of tree pollen allergy:
- Avoid outdoor activities when the pollen count is high. Checking your local weather report or using a pollen tracker can help you know when the air quality is bad
- Wear a mask and sunglasses when outdoors during allergy season. This will protect your eyes and nose from the pollen in the air
- Keep windows closed to keep pollens out of your home or car
- Take medications such as antihistamines or decongestants to reduce symptoms
- Use an air purifier or an air filter to trap pollen and other allergens from entering your home
- Rinse yourself off in the shower after spending time outdoors during allergy season. This will help remove any pollens that have accumulated on your skin or hair
In addition to avoidance techniques, you may also want to ask about treatments such as allergy shots or prescription-strength medications if over-the-counter medicines fail to provide relief.
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