Millions of people in the U.S. have seasonal allergies, which flare up when lots of pollen or mold spores are in the air. They're allergic to the pollen made by:
- Ragweed and weeds
Could you have seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever? The signs include:
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Itchy eyes, ears, nose, mouth, or throat
With seasonal allergies, your symptoms flare up at certain times of the year when the pollen counts are high. If you’re uncomfortable all year long, you probably have indoor allergies to things such as pet dander and dust mites.
Seeing a Doctor
First, try to keep your symptoms in check with over-the-counter medications like antihistamines and decongestants. But if your symptoms make you miserable, it's time to see a doctor who specializes in allergies, called an allergist.
Your allergist can find out what kind of pollen you're allergic to and make a treatment plan. It might include medication or allergy shots.
Knowing what triggers your allergies can also help. If it's pollen, stay inside when the pollen count is high.