Seasonal allergies are caused by pollens which are microscopic particles released in the air by certain trees, grasses, and weeds during their pollination season. Most trees pollinate in the spring, grasses in the summer, and weeds in the fall season. Pollens by themselves are harmless but they are mistaken to be harmful by the immune system of allergy sufferers.
Controlling the indoor environment to reduce pollen exposure can be achieved by keeping the windows in the house closed, and using effective air filtration devices with the air-conditioning system to keep the indoor air free of pollens. Use of a HEPA filter in the bedroom can aid in keeping your bedroom free of pollens. If the indoor pollen exposure is reduced, outdoor exposure is tolerated much better. If environmental control alone is insufficient, medications and allergy immunotherapy, or allergy shots are effective in controlling seasonal allergies.
- Sneezing with Runny or Clogged Nose
- Itchy Eyes, Nose and/or Throat
- Allergic Shiners (dark circles under eyes)
- Watery Eyes
- Post Nasal Drip