Causes and prevention of seasonal allergies
Winter, spring, summer or fall, seasonal allergies can strike any time of year, bringing with them the usual package of well-known allergy symptoms: sneezing, nasal congestion, irritated eyes, nose and throat, coughing or wheezing, fever, fatigue, irritability and problems concentrating and/or sleeping. More severe allergy symptoms may include headaches, sweats and sinus pain. In addition, people who suffer from allergies even have an increased risk of developing asthma.
What causes allergies?
Allergies develop when some people are exposed to a triggering substance like pollen, dust, mold, dust mites or pet dander – there’s a seasonal allergy for almost everyone, whether it’s a pollen allergy in the spring or a leaf mold allergy in the fall. Or an indoor allergy to dust mites or pets that comes on strong when closed door and windows lead to a build-up of allergens from indoor sources.
Remedies for allergy symptoms
Home remedies for most seasonal allergies center around reducing exposure to whatever is triggering them. But you have to know what you’re allergic to, so allergy relief starts with a trip to the allergist. Then it’s time to get creative. We hope the articles in this section can help get you started on how to prevent allergies from making your life miserable.