The sneezing, coughing and itchy eyes are aspects of allergies many know all too well. However, there’s much more to them.
Here are 10 things everyone should know about seasonal allergies:
Seasonal allergies also referred to as hay fever, is one of two forms of allergic rhinitis. It differs from the other form, perennial allergies, in that they usually only occur in spring, summer and early fall.
- Approximately 40 million – 60 million Americans have allergic rhinitis.
- The most common triggers of seasonal allergies are mold, pollen, and grass.
- Treatment for seasonal allergies includes limiting exposure to triggers, medications such as antihistamines and, in some cases, allergy shots.
- The use of local honey is widely thought to be a good treatment for seasonal allergies, however, experts say that research doesn’t back up those claims.
- There is some evidence that acupuncture may help with seasonal allergy symptoms.
- Allergies are likely influenced by one’s genes and the environment.
- Other risk factors for seasonal allergies include having eczema, having asthma or other allergies and having a mother who smoked for the first year of your life.
- Allergy seasons vary in time and duration by location.
- Alleviating stress has been shown to help reduce the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
Learn more in our seasonal allergies guide and review what questions to ask your doctor before you seek out treatment!