Avoiding Allergy Season Triggers

By: Amanda Blount

Every spring, summer and fall, plants release tiny pollen grains to fertilize other plants of the same species, but those tiny grains can make big waves for some of us! Seasonal allergies can make your daily life difficult but, reducing your exposure can keep seasonal allergies under control.

Allergy Triggers:

For those of us who have seasonal allergies, sneezing, congestion, runny nose, and other inconvenient symptoms become a part of your daily norm. Depending on location, your allergy season may vary across the area based on the timing and severity of the climate.

The most common triggers are pollens from wind-pollinated plants, such as:

  • Grass
  • Weeds
  • Trees

The pollen from insect-pollinated plants are usually too heavy to remain airborne for long periods. Thankfully, this means that the pollen coming from these plants are a little less likely to trigger an allergic reaction! Still, being aware of what triggers your allergies will help avoid those long days of congestion, sneezing, and coughing.

 

Allergy Symptoms:

Seasonal allergies symptoms can range from mild to severe, which include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Itchy sinuses, throat, or ear canals
  • Ear congestion
  • Postnasal drainage
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing

When avoiding contact with substances that trigger your allergens is not enough, consider using over-the-counter anti-histamines, prescription medicines, or adding in supplementation to support a healthy immune defense! Be sure to talk to your pharmacist and/or health care provider to decide what is best for you.

 

Resources:

AAFA. http://www.aafa.org/page/rhinitis-nasal-allergy-hayfever.aspx

Seasonal Allergies Symptoms, Causes and Treatment. https://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/seasonal-allergies