Did you know that not all seasonal allergies are caused by the same thing? In fact, there are many different aspects of nature and seasonal changes that can cause seasonal allergy symptoms. Here’s what you need to know.
What causes an allergy?
An allergic reaction happens when your body is exposed to something that your immune system believes is dangerous, even though it is harmless. The immune system fights the danger by producing extra antibodies, which can cause an increase in histamines that leads to the common symptoms of seasonal allergies.
What causes seasonal allergies?
There are a lot of different things you could be allergic to when you develop seasonal allergies. You might be allergic to certain tree pollen, such as birch, cedar, or oak. You can also have an allergy to wind-borne pollen from certain flowers, weeds, or grasses.
What are the symptoms?
Your symptoms may vary, but there are some signs of seasonal allergies that are present for almost everyone. The most common symptoms include:
- Nasal congestion or runny nose
- Dry, watery, itchy, or gritty eyes
- Itchy sinuses, throat, or ears
You may also experience shortness of breath, headache, wheezing, or coughing. If you have more severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing or severe sinus swelling, call us right away to be seen by one of our doctors.