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Quick Facts about Controlling Seasonal Allergies

An allergy is a reaction of your immune system. The immune system is the body’s defense system. Your immune system may react to one or more allergens.

Seasonal allergic reactions can be caused by  a wide array of triggers such as mold spores and pollen. Allergies may cause runny nose, sneezing, rash, hives, swelling, itching, headache, abdominal pain, or asthmatic reaction.

Allergies know no boundaries and can initiate an immune reaction spur of the moment. During the spring and summer seasons, seasonal allergies are at an all time high. Millions of people suffer with seasonal allergies that typically make a person feel bad. At times, a severe reaction can occur called anaphylaxis which is life threatening and a medical emergency where 911 must be dispatched immediately. 

There are some products that provide relief as the immune system fights off allergens such as filters, humidifier, air conditioners, and air purifiers. There are also various prescribed and over the counter medications * that offer relief listed below:

*(You must seek the medical advice of a licensed  medical physician/nurse practitioner prior to taking any kind of medication/treatment)
 

Antihistamines – counters the effect of histamine which makes eyes watery, nose itch and sneezing.

Cromolyn sodium – is a nasal spray that can help stop hay fever and possibly stops histamine release or other chemical that may produce allergy symptoms.

Decongestants – thin nasal secretions, reduce swelling, and sinus discomfort.

Immunotherapy – is allergy shots. They alter the body’s immune response to allergens, helping to prevent allergic reactions. This is a consideration for those who do not find relief with an antihistamine or nasal steroid.

Nasal steroid – is an anti-inflammatory spray. The spray decreases mucus production and inflammation.

Reference: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/allergy.html

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