Someone can be allergic to:
These are called “seasonal allergies”.
Seasonal allergies can also be called “hay fever.”
Because seasonal allergies are caused by pollen.
Pollen is powder that comes from trees, weeds and grasses as they grow during the year.
When you breathe it in you may have an allergic reaction.
The level of pollen in the air can be different on different days.
You’re even more likely to have a seasonal allergy if:
People with seasonal allergies are more likely to develop asthma.
It’s important to get treatment.
Call your doctor’s office and describe your symptoms.
Follow your doctor’s orders.
Seasonal allergies can make you sneeze and cough, have a stuffy or runny nose, or swollen sinuses.
But a cold or the flu can make you feel the same way!
This list can help you decide if you have a cold or seasonal allergies.
Stay inside on warm, windy days when lots of pollen is in the air.
Use air conditioning and air filters at home.
Change your furnace filters regularly.
Close car windows.
Wear a dust mask and wrap-around sunglasses outside.
Take a shower to rinse pollen off yourself.
If you have a stuffy nose, a hot shower may help you breathe more easily.
If your eyes are swollen and itchy, cover them with a cool, damp cloth.
Ask your doctor about other ways to relieve allergy symptoms without medicines.
Your doctor may give you medication that can:
Talk with your doctor before you take any medication – even over-the-counter medication advertised on TV!
Last updated on June 17th, 2010