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Seasonal Allergies

It's that time of year when the pollen is out in full force! Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, are allergic reactions that occur at certain times of the year. They are typically triggered by airborne substances such as pollen, mold spores, or pet dander. Symptoms can include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, sore throat, and sometimes coughing or wheezing. If seasonal allergies aren't managed well, they can turn into bacterial infections.

Managing seasonal allergies often involves a combination of strategies:

  1. Avoidance: Try to limit your exposure to allergens by keeping windows closed during high pollen seasons, using air purifiers with HEPA filters, and avoiding outdoor activities on windy days when pollen counts are high. Consider the use of a mask when working on yardwork.

  2. Medications: Over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal corticosteroids can help alleviate allergy symptoms. It's important to use these medications as directed by your healthcare provider.

  3. Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy): For severe allergies that don't respond well to medications, allergy shots can be an option. These shots gradually expose your body to small amounts of allergens, helping to build tolerance over time. This is usually given by an allergist (healthcare provider that specializes in allergies).

  4. Nasal Irrigation: Rinsing your nasal passages with a saline solution can help flush out allergens and relieve congestion.

  5. Eye Drops: If you experience itchy or watery eyes, over-the-counter or prescription eye drops designed for allergies can provide relief. There are also anti-histamine eye drops available by prescription if your healthcare provider deems them necessary.

  6. Consultation: If your allergies are severe or significantly impacting your quality of life, consider consulting with your primary care doctor, allergist, or immunologist. Primary care doctors can recommend initial treatments for your allergies and give you a referral for a allergist if necessary. Allergists and immunologists can conduct tests to identify specific allergens and recommend personalized treatment plans.

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