Your favorite seasons could contribute to allergy symptoms. Tree pollen in the spring, grasses in the summer and ragweed in the fall are the typical triggers. Outdoor and indoor molds may cause symptoms, as well. Symptoms may also be triggered by allergens that are found year around, such as dust mites, cats, and dogs. Similar symptoms can be triggered by non-allergic triggers, such as perfumes, chemicals, tobacco smoke, or other irritants. Additionally, sinus infections can also trigger similar symptoms. Your allergist can test you for allergies or evaluate and treat you for other conditions that can cause similar symptoms.
If you experience these symptoms only during certain times of the year or around certain triggers, you could have a seasonal or perennial allergy:
Avoidance measures – Management strategies will also be recommended to help you prevent exposure to allergens, or to reduce their effect. Simple things like using dust mite covers on bedding, using air conditioning on high pollen count days, showering and changing clothes after being outside, or wearing an allergen filter mask when doing yard work can make a big difference in reducing your symptoms.
Medications – Seasonal allergies can be treated through a combination of allergy management and allergy medications. Your specialist may recommend treating your acute seasonal allergies with over-the-counter medications, prescription medications or a carefully managed combination of both.
Immunotherapy – Allergy shots or sublingual immunotherapy offers a more long-term solution for patients who do not experience enough relief from medications, or for those who prefer not to be on medication.