WHAT ARE SEASONAL ALLERGIES?
Seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, is a common condition that occurs when the immune system overreacts to allergens that are present in the environment during certain seasons. These allergens can include pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds, as well as mold spores. When a person with seasonal allergies inhales these allergens, their immune system produces histamine, a chemical that causes inflammation and irritation of the nasal passages, eyes, and throat.
Seasonal allergies affect millions of people worldwide and can have a significant impact on their quality of life. Symptoms can be particularly bothersome during the spring and fall when pollen levels are high, and many people find that their allergies interfere with their ability to work, study, or enjoy outdoor activities. While there is no cure for seasonal allergies, there are several treatment options available, including prescription medications, allergy shots, and environmental controls, such as air filters and avoiding exposure to allergens. With proper management, most people with seasonal allergies can find relief from their symptoms and continue to lead productive, fulfilling lives.
DO ALLERGIES TRIGGER ASTHMA?
Allergies can trigger asthma symptoms in some people. When a person with asthma comes into contact with an allergen, such as pollen, dust mites, or pet dander, their immune system overreacts and produces an inflammatory response in the airways. This inflammation can cause the airways to narrow and make it difficult to breathe, leading to asthma symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.
Not all people with asthma have allergies, and not all people with allergies have asthma. However, it is estimated that up to 80% of people with asthma also have allergies. It's important for people with asthma to identify their triggers, which can include both allergens and non-allergenic triggers such as cold air, exercise, and stress. By avoiding triggers and keeping up with an asthma management plan, people with asthma can help prevent asthma attacks and improve their overall quality of life.
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