For some, the changing of the seasons means updating wardrobes and planning vacations. For others it means the onset of seasonal allergy symptoms. Did you know that about 36 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies (sometimes also called allergic rhinitis, or “hay fever”). Seasonal allergy symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes, and sometimes coughing.
Seasonal allergies most often happen when molds release spores and when trees, grasses and other plants release pollen into the air. The immune system of people with seasonal allergies reacts to these spores and pollens as foreign substances and defend against them, causing a reaction. Seasonal allergy relief is possible with the proper treatment. It is important for patients to be tested for seasonal allergies so they can learn what triggers them.