You may know that seasonal allergy results from exposure to airborne substances.
These substances can appear only during certain times of the year particularly during spring, summer or fall.
The allergic reaction depends on what you are allergic to.
Pollen is one of the most common causes of seasonal allergy. Usually immune system does not react to mild substances such as mold and pollen. But if you are sensitive, your body’s defense mechanism detects these allergens as infectious agents and mounts an attack.
Once your immune system detects these substances it releases chemicals such as histamines and other compounds. Too much release of histamines can cause seasonal allergy symptoms. Hence it results in localized inflammation that leads to irritation and discomfort.
The symptoms of allergic reactions begin 5 to 10 minutes after exposure to allergens. Seasonal allergy produces an array of symptoms.
Symptoms of seasonal allergy:
The most common symptoms of seasonal allergy include:
- Eye irritation
- Dry cough
- Itchy throat
- Itchy, watery, red eyes
- Impaired sense of taste or smell
- Runny nose
- Sleep disturbances
The main reason for all the above symptoms is seasonal allergic rhinitis which is also called as hay fever.
When the pollen season is underway the first appearing symptoms are itchy and watery eyes. There may be irritation on the roof of the mouth or in the back of the throat.
These symptoms follow with sneezing and runny nose. Some of you can experience congestion, wheezing, headaches, and coughing.
These seasonal allergy symptoms may interfere with sleep results in irritability. Along with these symptoms a condition called allergic conjunctivitis may also appear in which the inner eyelids and whites of the eyes become inflamed.
Foods that may get worse the symptoms of seasonal allergy:
Some of the most common foods which interact with seasonal spring tree pollen include:
- Nuts like hazel nut, walnut and almonds
If you have seasonal allergy symptoms you should avoid those foods which stimulate the symptoms.
Prevention of seasonal allergy:
- Don’t go outside when the pollen count is high or humidity is high especially in the morning. [Treating Pollen Allergy]
- Don’t hang your cloths outside.
- Keep windows closed when the pollen count is high. If possible it is better to use air conditioning.
- Keep your home as allergy free as possible.
- You can also use medications to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. Antihistamines help to neutralize the histamine production.
- For most severe seasonal allergy symptoms you can take nasal sprays and eye drops. They protect your nasal passage by becoming irritated with allergens. In order to work effectively you need to take these sprays before allergy symptoms start.
- For long-term relief you can also take allergy shots. But it takes 3-5 years depending on your health system. If you are sensitive it takes much time to be effective.
Before taking any of these medications you need to consult your doctor. He may prescribe medications depending on the severity of your seasonal allergy symptoms.