For some people, the change of seasons brings allergy miseries. Seasonal allergies are often called hay fever. But hay fever is not the best description since allergy season is not limited to summer when the hay is cut and gathered. And allergies do not cause fevers. Seasonal allergies are caused by pollens in the different seasons. For example, according to The Merck Manuals website, in the spring, tree pollens cause seasonal allergies. In the summer, grass and weed pollens cause allergies. And in the fall, ragweed causes allergies.
Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
The Merck Manuals website describes the symptoms of seasonal allergies as:
- itching in the nose, roof of the mouth, back of the throat, and eyes
- runny nose
- stuffy sinuses, which may cause headaches
- watery eyes (the whites of the eyes can become red and the eyelids may swell)
Some sufferers experience coughing, wheezing, and irritability, while occasionally allergies cause depression, loss of appetite and sleep problems.
For the allergy sufferer, there are no miraculous allergy cures. But there are things that can be done to ease the seasonal allergy symptoms. The best allergy relief for the allergy sufferer is to reduce the exposure to the pollen that is causing the allergies. The Mayo Clinic recommends these suggestions for cutting down on the exposure to pollen:
- On dry, windy days, stay inside. It’s best to go outside after it rains, which helps get rid of the pollen.
- Avoid the yard chores like lawn mowing, weed pulling, and gardening when the pollens are causing allergies.
- When you come inside, remove your clothes and shower to rinse away pollen from the skin and hair.
- Because pollen clings to pet fur, keep your pets away from your bed or couch.
- Don’t hang your laundry outside to dry during heavy pollen season because pollen sticks to the towels and sheets.
- If you must do chores outdoors, wear a dust mask.
The local television or radio station, the local newspaper, or the internet usually provide information about the pollen counts each day during allergy season. This information can help an allergy suffer know whether or not the pollen count is high for that day. If the pollen count is high, then it is advisable to run the air conditioning in the house and car to keep the air clean. For allergies relief, it also helps to avoid outside activity, especially in the morning when the pollen counts are higher.
Seasonal Allergy Treatment
Most people can navigate the allergy season by avoiding the pollens as much as possible and using over-the-counter medicines to help ease the symptoms. People who have severe allergies can see the doctor who will help to determine the allergy causes and the best allergy relief treatments.