The allergy season is here again. Climatic factors contribute largely to seasonal allergies. It affects 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children. The immune system overreacting to certain antibodies attack the allergens which result in itchy eyes, runny nose, headache and congestion. This makes you miserable by slowing you down. They are the most common health issues which rank as the 6th leading cause of chronic illness. It is easily treatable but if your symptoms persist you can Book Online ENT Appointment.

Causes

The common triggers of seasonal allergies are:

Pollen: These are the most common type of allergens. They are the very fine powdery substances that the trees, flowers, and grasses release to fertilize other plants of same species.

Dust: Normal cleaning procedures cannot remove the dust mites causing allergic reactions.

Molds: Fungus can grow in damp areas or around an undetected leakage. The tiny mold spores of fungus when breath in result in irritation.

Animal Dander: The skin sheds like hair,fur or feathers of the pets when inhaled result in allergies.

Insect stings: The seasonal insects stings inject venom and leaves behind the stinger in the skin causing allergies.

Insect Stings: The seasonal insects stings inject venom and leaves behind the stinger in the skin causing allergies.

Symptoms

Apart from a runny nose and itchy eyes one may experience:

Pain in the ears

Sneezing and loss of smell

Puffy eyes with redness

Wheezing

Coughing

Fatigue

Phlegm and itchy throat

5 Tips to prevent Seasonal Allergies

Don’t keep your doors and windows open at home or in your car during the allergy season.
Know which pollens affect you and check the pollen count. Avoid going out in the evenings when it is generally high.
Wear a mask during outdoor activities.
Take vitamin C as it is natural anti-histamine, anti-oxidant and anti-toxin.
Raw organic apple cider vinegar can be your saviour. ACV helps in blocking body’s histamine reactions. Mix 1 tablespoon of ACV in 1 cup of warm water along with a spoonful of organic honey and have it before going out.

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