Allergy symptoms make you feel simply awful. Congestion, post-nasal drip, itchy eyes and sneezing wear your body down. While the severity of symptoms vary widely from season to season, chances are if you have seasonal allergies, the symptoms impact your day-to-day life.

Researchers are at odds as to why seasonal allergy symptoms have worsened over the past 30 years but agree that allergies to pollen, mold and some foods are growing exponentially. According to the Quest Diagnostics Health Trends Allergy Report, overall rates of allergy sensitivities have increased nearly 6 percent in just four years, and ragweed allergies have grown 15 percent.

Many hay fever symptoms are similar to those of a common cold or sinus infection, but colds and sinus infections come and go much more quickly than seasonal allergies. Allergy symptoms don’t go away until the pollen is dormant.

Someone suffering from seasonal allergies faces the same challenges, season after season. When the allergen is pollen, mold or another airborne substance, the symptoms typically manifest in the lungs, nose and eyes. Food allergies, on the other hand, most commonly affect the mouth, stomach and may cause skin rashes.

Common seasonal allergy symptoms include:

  • Congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Excess mucus production
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Scratchy throat
  • Tickle/irritation in the ears
  • Decreased concentration and focus
  • Decreased decision-making
  • Exhaustion and sleep disorders
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Low blood pressure
  • Asthma
  • Hives
  • Eczema
  • Middle ear infections

Limiting the time you spend outdoors can help relieve these symptoms of hay fever. But this isn’t the best solution. Who wants to spend their spring, summer and fall stuck indoors?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, allergies can’t generally be prevented, but allergic reactions can be. The treatment goal is to avoid contact with the allergen — however, this is extremely difficult for individuals with seasonal allergies.

Treating your seasonal allergy symptoms requires a multi-pronged attack, one that addresses your diet, lifestyle and natural treatments.

 

source: excerpt: https://draxe.com/seasonal-allergy-symptoms/

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