Seasonal Allergy Symptoms Can Be Reduced
What is Seasonal Allergies?

Seasonal allergies are immune reactions to pollens, molds, or other triggers that are present for only one season or part of the year. Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance such as pollen, bee venom or pet dander.

The immune system produces proteins known as IgE antibodies. These antibodies protect you from unwanted invaders that could make you sick or cause an infection. When you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that identify your particular allergen as something harmful, even though it isn't. This triggers the release of histamines and other substances that cause allergy symptoms.

Allergies can cause symptoms that involve your skin, sinuses, airways or digestive system. The severity of allergies varies
from person to person and can range from minor irritation to anaphylaxis a potentially life-threatening emergency.

Symptoms

Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis
Congestion
Itchy, runny nose
Itchy, watery or swollen eyes (conjunctivitis)
Atopic dermatitis, an allergic skin reaction also called eczema
Itchy skin
Red skin
Flaking or peeling skin



Food allergy

Tingling mouth
Swelling of the lips, tongue, face or throat
Hives
Anaphylaxis


An insect sting allergy

A large area of swelling (edema) at the sting site
Itching or hives all over your body
Cough, chest tightness, wheezing or shortness of breath
Anaphylaxis



A drug allergy

Hives
Itchy skin
Rash
Facial swelling
Wheezing
Anaphylaxis
Loss of consciousness
Lightheadedness
Severe shortness of breath
A rapid, weak pulse
Skin rash
Nausea and vomiting
Swelling airways, which can block breathing


Causes


Airborne allergens, such as pollen, animal dander, dust mites and mold.
Certain foods, particularly peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, eggs and milk.
Insect stings, such as bee stings or wasp stings.
Medications, particularly penicillin or penicillin-based antibiotics.
Latex or other substances you touch, which can cause allergic skin reactions.

Western Medicine Treatment


Allergen avoidance
Medications to reduce symptoms
Immunotherapy
Emergency epinephrine



Adopted from Wei Laboratories, Inc.