CareZone | Seasonal Allergies vs. Year-Round Allergies

It’s not uncommon to suffer from seasonal allergies during the spring. With the blooming flowers come sneezing, a runny nose, and red, itchy eyes. However, there are unlucky people who are stuck with these symptoms year-round.

What’s the difference between seasonal and year-round allergies?

Seasonal allergies are usually due to outdoor triggers like tree or grass pollen, or mold spores that grow in warm, damp weather.

Year-round allergies are typically due to indoor triggers such as cat or dog dander, dust mites, cockroaches or mold spores.

How can I tell if I’m suffering from springtime allergies or something else?

To get a proper diagnosis, visit your doctor. If you have bothersome and persistent symptoms, your doctor may recommend a skin test to determine the exact cause of your allergies.

Typical allergy symptoms may include:

        • Stuffy or runny nose
        • Postnasal drip
        • Itchy, red eyes
        • Swelling and discoloration of skin below the eyes
        • Ear congestion and popping
        • Sore throat
        • Mouth breathing
        • Trouble with sleep

What can I do to improve my symptoms?

Determine the specific cause of your allergies so that you can avoid and/or minimize your exposure to that trigger.

If you are allergic to pollen, keep windows closed in your house and car, stay indoors during the worst times of the year, and shower at night to get the pollen off your skin and out of your hair.

If you are allergic to dogs and cats, try to avoid them. Unfortunately, the best thing to do for your allergies is to remove animals from your home.

What are common treatments for seasonal allergies?

Treatments include nasal rinses, nasal sprays, pills such as antihistamines and decongestants, and allergy shots. Talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for your allergies.

CareZone Tip: Jot down your allergy symptoms in the Journal and discuss with your doctor at your next appointment. Learn more about the Journal in your CareZone app.>>

Posted April 17, 2017 by rocky