It doesn’t matter if you’re up against the bloom of spring, the pollen-packed breezes of summer, or the ragweed-filled air of fall; one thing is for sure: fighting seasonal allergies can often feel like a losing battle. If you struggle with frequent sneezing, watery eyes and a runny nose, you’re not alone!

Understanding Seasonal Allergies

In Indiana, allergy season usually begins at the end of March and can last until mid-November, depending on the weather. Seasonal allergies are caused by pollen released from several plant types like trees, grasses and weeds. If you are allergic to pollen, your immune system releases chemicals in your body to fight against it, which is what causes your symptoms.

Unfortunately, seasonal allergies can develop at any time. That means that, even if you weren’t allergic to pollen in the past, you may develop them in the future. However, most seasonal allergies will appear around two years old, and you are less likely to develop seasonal allergies if you are over the age of 20.

How Do You Know It’s Seasonal Allergies?

Seasonal allergies share several symptoms with other common illnesses. The most common symptoms of seasonal allergies include:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy throat and/or nose
  • Congestion
  • Itchy, watery and/or red eyes

The biggest sign that you are dealing with allergies and not a cold or virus is that symptoms appear suddenly and last only as long as you are exposed to whatever you are allergic to. It is important to note that seasonal allergies do not cause a fever.

How to Prevent Seasonal Allergies

Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent seasonal allergies from developing. However, it is possible to prevent symptoms that come along with allergies.

  • Reduce exposure: When possible, avoid any activities that will expose you to pollen. Don’t go outside on dry or windy days, as this is when pollen spreads the easiest. Don’t mow the lawn or do yard work that can easily stir up pollen. If possible, wear a mask when doing outdoor chores to keep pollen away from your sinuses.
  • Try non-prescription remedies: There are many types of over-the-counter allergy medications that can help reduce allergy symptoms. Allergy medications work best when they are started before you are exposed to the allergen, so you should begin taking them two to four weeks before allergy season begins and continue through the season.
  • Seek professional guidance: Sometimes, home remedies are not enough to help you deal with allergies. If you feel like you’ve tried everything, yet nothing seems to be helping your symptoms, it may be time to speak with your medical provider. There are several treatment options that can help lessen the severity of your seasonal allergy symptoms and keep you seeing – and breathing – clear all year long.

Get Help for Your Seasonal Allergies

Looking for professional help for your seasonal allergy symptoms? Schedule an appointment with your HealthLinc provider to talk about your symptoms and learn about your options. Don’t let your allergies keep you from living a fun and fulfilling life! Call 888-580-1060 today!

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