Seasonal allergies

Does springtime make you sneezy? You may suffer from seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis. The good news? Solutions exist for dealing with the negative effects of pollen.

Getting you through allergy season

Let’s talk about the causes

Seasonal allergies are characterized by respiratory and nasal symptoms that appear at certain times of the year, depending on what tree or bush is the cause.

During the spring

Pollen allergies spread (birch, maple, poplar and others).

During the summer

Grasses and graminaceous plants in general are the main allergens (wheat, grass, corn, etc.).

During the fall

Autumn is hay fever season (caused by ragweed).

Ragweed vs poison ivy

These are two completely different species. Ragweed pollen is to blame for hay fever and doesn’t cause any skin reactions. Conversely, contact with poison ivy triggers redness and itching. As the saying goes, gather thistles, expect prickles.

Dealing with symptoms

Spring and summer allergies exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Recurring itchiness of the eyes, nose and palate
  • Tearing
  • Nasal congestion and runny nose

Hay fever gives rise to:

  • Red, swollen eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Breathing problems, cough, asthma

Want to set the record straight?

Let’s talk about solutions

An ounce of prevention…

The good news is that the above symptoms may be prevented with certain over-the-counter products. Antihistamines are most often preferred for treating symptoms across the board, to be taken orally during the entire allergy period. Some targeted medications are also available over the counter; discuss the options available to you with your pharmacist.

To best prevent your seasonal allergies, your pharmacist can prescribe certain medications.

Nasal congestion

Stuffy nose? Your pharmacist can also suggest the best way to get the better of congestion of your nasal passages. Be it saline solution, a humidifier or a custom solution just for you, your pharmacist can best advise you.

Sinus issues

Do you suffer from sinus pain? Inflammation of the mucous membranes located inside your sinuses is common and can cause sinusitis, which can be painful. Seek your pharmacist’s advice on the matter.

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This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice, and pharmacist-owners affiliated with Accès pharma cannot be held responsible for this information. The information was true and accurate at the time of publication, but it is subject to change.

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