ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Relief From Seasonal Allergies

Updated on February 7, 2014

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.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)