Relief From Seasonal Allergies

Causes of Allergies

Forty million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Onset of symptoms typically begins at around ten years of age, and most seasonal allergy and hay fever sufferers are fully aware of the problem before age twenty. Flowers and pollen wreak havoc on allergy sufferers causing red itchy eyes, a runny nose, and a dry, scratchy throat. But that's not all, congestion and sleepless nights are also reported by patients.

Different people have different reactions to pollen and allergens. A physician may need to be consulted to determine the causes or triggers, and how to best treat each different type of allergy. The initial visit will consist of an in-depth family and lifestyle assessment. Some examples of questions that may be asked include whether or not there are pets or smokers in the home, and if over-the-counter medications have been tried.

Physical & Mechanical Problems

Physical or mechanical problems, such as a deviated septum, tumors, and polyps, will need to be ruled out because they will present with the same symptoms as hay fever. Allergy skin testing is a definitive way to determine the cause of allergies. You may need to seek medical treatment when your allergy symptoms are accompanied by pain, fever, or a nasal discharge which can indicate an infection.

Even with treatment, allergies can still be severe. A few suggestions for reducing the severity of seasonal allergy attacks include: staying indoors during peak pollen hours each day. Keep car windows rolled up and use the air conditioner when driving to and from work. Daily pollen reports on local news channels can provide valuable information on how the day will affect those with allergies. 

Over the Counter Medications

The majority of seasonal allergy sufferers will find relief with the use of over-the-counter medications. Two that can help relieve some symptoms are antihistimines and nasal decongestant sprays. Itchy eyes, nose, and throat caused by allergies can be treated with antihistamines such as Benedryl. Nasal Decongestants shrink swollen nasal passages, lessening the discomfort of a stuffy nose. Nasal sprays are not usually effective for a runny nose or itching.

People with severe allergies, asthma, or cannot tolerate the use of over-the-counter allergy remedies, may want to consider immunotherapy, which is performed by an allergist. Immunotherapy treatment consists of a series of shots to determine which allergens the body is most sensitive to. Determining the exact allergens may take a course of several years to complete if the person is allergic to many different allergens.

Since everyone has different reactions and levels of severity to allergens, it's up to the individual to determine which course of treatment is suitable for them. People with pre-existing medical problems, and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers need to consult with a doctor before self-medicating with any allergy remedies or medications.

Treatment Options

Even with treatment, allergies can still be severe. A few suggestions for reducing the severity of seasonal allergy attacks include: staying indoors during peak pollen hours each day. Keep car windows rolled up and use the air conditioner when driving to and from work. Daily pollen reports on local news channels can provide valuable information on how the day will affect those with allergies.

The majority of seasonal allergy sufferers will find relief with the use of over-the-counter medications. Two that can help relieve some symptoms are antihistimines and nasal decongestant sprays. Itchy eyes, nose, and throat caused by allergies can be treated with antihistamines such as Benedryl. Nasal Decongestants shrink swollen nasal passages, lessening the discomfort of a stuffy nose. Nasal sprays are not usually effective for a runny nose or itching.

People with severe allergies, asthma, or cannot tolerate the use of over-the-counter allergy remedies, may want to consider immunotherapy, which is performed by an allergist. Immunotherapy treatment consists of a series of shots to determine which allergens the body is most sensitive to. Determining the exact allergens may take a course of several years to complete if the person is allergic to many different allergens.

Since everyone has different reactions and levels of severity to allergens, it's up to the individual to determine which course of treatment is suitable for them. People with pre-existing medical problems, and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers need to consult with a doctor before self-medicating with any allergy remedies or medications.

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