What are the common symptoms of springtime allergies?

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

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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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Haley Young is a board-certified physician assistant specializing in immunology and allergy with a comprehensive background in neurosurgery and dermatology. Holding a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Lincoln Memorial University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Aurora University, she brings a holistic approach to patient care. Haley Young is committed to treating the whole person—mind, body, and spirit, adeptly managing complex conditions like allergic rhinitis, food allergies, and asthma. She is a member of prestigious professional organizations and is dedicated to building trust with her patients, ensuring compassionate and comprehensive care.


Amy Schack, a distinguished board-certified Physician Associate, brings a wealth of expertise to patient care. Specializing in allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, and rashes, Amy is renowned for her commitment to excellence and compassionate approach. With a background in immediate care and orthopedics, she holds a Master's in Physician Assistant studies from Midwestern University and a Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University. A member of esteemed professional associations, including the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, Amy Schack instills confidence, ensuring you can trust her unwavering dedication to your health and well-being.


Meredith Cirrincione is a board certified Physician Assistant and specializes in treating allergies, with a focus on asthma, rashes, environmental allergies, chemical and food allergies. She holds a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from The Chicago Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences. She is a Fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She likes to approach things holistically. She is a strong patient advocate and adored by her patients. She enjoys singing, reading, cooking, and the great outdoors.


Dr. Noga Askenazi is a nationally recognized asthma and allergy specialist who is board certified in pediatric and adult allergy. Her areas of special interest are innovative treatment of rashes, sinusitis, food allergies, asthma and immune disorders. She was past President of the ISAAI (Illinois Society of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology), works on state and national committees for advancement of the allergy field and is a consultant for Advocate, Ascension Health, Northwestern amongst other health care systems. Her joy is helping patients reach their goals after together determining best treatments. Her staff and patients are a chosen family, and she invests in their happiness. She enjoys gardening, biking and cooking to good music.