Itchy, watery eyes? Blocked nose? Many suffer from seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis, during springtime. But what are seasonal allergies, what are the symptoms, and how can you prevent and treat them?
You may suffer from seasonal allergies when your immune system overreacts to natural irritants, also known as allergens, like pollen and spores (including mold spores). They may cause inflammation and irritation to your nose and eyes. In extreme cases, allergens may cause difficulty breathing and even asthma.
Seasonal allergy symptoms may include:
Here are a few tips to decrease your exposure to seasonal allergens:
Over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medicines, such as saline nasal rinses, antihistamines, decongestants and cough medicines, may help to relieve your symptoms. Your healthcare practitioner may prescribe a steroidal nose spray for additional relief, if needed.
In severe cases, where your allergies don’t ease off, your healthcare practitioner may recommend allergen immunotherapy. You may need to have skin test or blood test to find out exactly what you are allergic to. Your doctor may then recommend that you be exposed to the allergen(s) in small doses over a long period of time. This should help to build your immune system’s response to the allergen(s) over time. This treatment may include injections that contain the specific allergen(s), or prescription drops or tablets (only available for certain allergies, such as grass, at this time).Bestmed is here for you
Calderon, M.A., Alves, B., Jacobson, M., Hurwitz, B., Sheikh, A. & Durham, S. 2007. Allergen injection immunotherapy for season allergic rhinitis. National Library of Medicine. Available [Online]: Allergen injection immunotherapy for seasonal allergic rhinitis - PMC (nih.gov).