The freshly mowed grass and hand-cut flowers often aren't only a sight to see, but an eye sore if you have summer allergies.
allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is caused by outdoor allergens. It is more prevalent in the spring and summer months due to heavier pollen counts. The symptoms of spring allergies are similar to a cold virus; however, if your cold symptoms do not improve within 10 days, you may consider checking with your physician about a possible spring allergy.
When the body comes in contact with a bacteria or virus, the body reacts, trying to override the harmful intruder. When someone who is allergic to pollen comes in contact with the outdoor allergen, the body tries to attack by producing histamine and other allergic mediators. This attack is called an allergic reaction. The symptoms associated with allergies and colds are often very similar. If your symptoms last longer than 10 days, you may be experiencing symptoms of an allergy.
The best defense against allergies is to avoid the allergen. Because it is not always possible to stay indoors,
Boys Town Allergy, Asthma and Pediatric Pulmonology recommends:
Depending on the severity of the allergy and its symptoms, over-the-counter medications may help provide some relief. If the symptoms become worse or bothersome, your primary physician or an allergy physician may prescribe oral medications, nasal sprays or allergy shots. Always consult with your physician before you begin a medication. If you have questions or concerns about spring allergies, contact your primary physician.
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