Seasonal allergies like hay fever or allergic rhinitis are common in New York. Seasonal allergies result from an allergic response to outdoor or indoor allergens like pollen, dust, mites, or pet dander. In New York, seasonal allergies are most regularly experienced from March – October when trees grasses and weeds pollinate.
Your immune system identifies these allergens as a threat and begins releasing antibodies and histamine to combat these allergens. The chemicals that are produced by your immune system cause a reaction that leads to the symptoms of seasonal allergies or hay fever.
Seasonal allergy symptoms can be similar to a common cold and can include:
- Runny nose
- Itchy nose, throat and roof of mouth
- Watery, itchy eyes
- Ear pressure
- Bags under your eyes
- Decreased sense of taste or smell
In New York, common plants and trees that induce seasonal allergic reactions include:
- Oak Trees
- Cypress Trees
- Maple Trees
- Bermuda grass
Seasonal allergies are a common problem for many New Yorkers. Avoiding exposure to pollen is the best way to ease symptoms, however this is rather impractical.
If you believe you struggle with seasonal allergies, you should schedule an appointment to evaluate your symptoms and conduct an allergy skin tests to understand the cause of your allergic reactions.
Seasonal Allergy treatments can range from over the counter medications to Rush Immunotherapy. Schedule an appointment with one of our physicians to see how you can begin mitigating your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
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