Seasonal Allergies

An allergy is when your body reacts badly to something that doesn’t bother most people.
Someone can be allergic to:
  • A food
  • A medicine
  • A cat or dog
  • A plant or flower
Some allergies happen mostly during the spring, summer or fall.
  • These are called “seasonal allergies”.
  • Seasonal allergies can also be called “hay fever.”
You may have seasonal allergies if, each year at the same time, you:
  • Have itchy, watery eyes
  • Have a stuffy or runny nose
  • Have an itchy nose and throat
  • Have a swollen face or a headache
  • Sneeze or cough a lot
  • Have trouble breathing
Colorful TreesWhy do seasonal allergies only happen during certain seasons?
  • Because seasonal allergies are caused by pollen.
  • Pollen is powder that comes from trees, weeds and grasses as they grow during the year.
Pollen is tiny and blows in the air – like dust.
  • When you breathe it in you may have an allergic reaction.
  • The level of pollen in the air can be different on different days.
  • To find out how much pollen is in the air where you live, check out this website.
Seasonal allergies are very common.One out of five people has one.
  • You’re even more likely to have a seasonal allergy if:
  • You’re allergic to other things like dust or animals
  • You have asthma or eczema
  • Other people in your family have seasonal allergies
  • People with seasonal allergies are more likely to develop asthma.
Seasonal allergies can make it hard for you to breathe.
  • It’s important to get treatment.
  • Call your doctor’s office and describe your symptoms.
  • Follow your doctor’s orders.
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How is a seasonal allergy different from a cold or the flu?
  • 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!
If you are allergic to pollen, try to avoid it.
  • 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.
It’s easy to treat some allergies.
  • 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.
Medication can treat serious allergy symptoms.

Your doctor may give you medication that can:
  • Clear your nose
  • Stop itchy eyes
  • Control your allergic reaction
Talk with your doctor before you take any medication – even over-the-counter medication advertised on TV!

You can check out these links to learn more about seasonal allergies: