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Seasonal Allergies

Fall is the perfect time to get long walks outside, autumn gardening and hill hikes. But when you start making the “ah-choo” sound then you’re one with the seasonal allergy problem.

You can sometimes call it “hay fever” or seasonal allergic rhinitis. You can experience seasonal allergy on a certain time of the year like fall.

Signs and Symptoms

If you develop “cold” at the same time every year, seasonal allergies might be to blame. And when they do it will slow you down and make you feel miserable. Allergy symptoms come suddenly, this includes:

  • Itchy nose
  • Itchy throat
  • Itchy eye
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion

woman with cold - allergy

Common Causes Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergy varies by region. That is why you should know your trigger. There are two main culprit:

There are also different group that triggers allergy. Among them:

  • insect bites
  • smoke
  • dust particles
  • chlorine in swimming pools

Diagnosis

Consult the doctor if you think you have allergies. They are quite easy to identify since the pattern returns yearly after exposure to allergens.

Treating Seasonal Allergies

There are many ways to treat seasonal allergies.  As suggested by expert, avoiding the allergen is still the best measure. To keep your kid from exposure, you can:

  • change air condition filter always
  • wear protective mask when gardening
  • shower and change clothing after playing outside
  • Keep windows and doors shut at home and in your car during allergy season
  • check your pets for pollen

If reducing exposure is ineffective there are medications available. You just have to work with your Allergist to know what allergens are at work in order to get proper treatment.  They can recommend a variety of medications like:

  1. Nasal sprays to reduce the inflammation in the nose lining. Examples are Budesonide Nasal Spray and Albuterol.
  2. Oral Antihistamine to prevent the release of more histamine. Examples are Allegra (Fexofenadine), Loratidine, Levocetirizine and Cetirizine HCL.