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Seasonal allergies, also known as ‘hay fever’ or ‘allergic rhinitis,’ affect approximately 20 percent of people of all ages. Spring allergy symptoms are commonly caused by pollens from trees, grasses or weeds, and mold spores. Now that the flowers are blooming and our surroundings are getting greener, allergic flare-ups can become a nuisance.

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Spring Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Itchy or red eyes and/or throat
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Congestion or popping of the ears
  • Mouth breathing during sleep or trouble sleeping which causes one to feel tired during the day

Seasonal Allergy Treatment Options

If you are suffering from Spring allergies, there are treatment options that can help alleviate your symptoms. These include nasal rinses, steroid nasal sprays, antihistamines, decongestants, and allergy shots.

If you know that you experience seasonal allergies, when possible, it is best to try to avoid things that you are allergic to altogether. We also recommend that you stay inside during the times of the year when your symptoms are at their worst. If you need to be outside during those times, be sure to wear a dust mask to reduce your contact with allergens. If you are taking the necessary precautions and over-the-counter remedies are not effective, seek treatment from your family doctor or local UPMC Urgent Care Center.

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