What are allergies?
Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to an allergen, commonly referred to as a trigger source, which your body detects to be harmful. These can include normal, everyday substances or environmental factors such as: pollen, dust mites, plant extracts, and animal dander.
What causes allergies?
The response your body elicits from the detected allergen, is what causes common allergy symptoms. Once the source is detected, your body will start to produce immune system chemicals called histamines. These histamines are responsible for the degree of allergy symptoms you experience, ranging from mild irritations and moderate illness to anaphylactic shock.
What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies?
There are a wide variety of factors that cause seasonal allergies, including your natural immune response to certain allergens and your exposure to environmental factors. Some symptoms include:
- Nasal congestion
- Excessive sneezing
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Chest congestion
- Sore throat
What are the additional risk factors of seasonal allergies?
Those who suffer from asthma and chronic respiratory conditions are at greater risk for more severe seasonal allergy symptoms. Allergy symptoms can also easily be confused with symptoms of COVID-19 (shortness of breath, coughing, headache, and fatigue). You can rely on us to rule out any uncertainties you may have and properly diagnose your needs.