Things You Might Not Know About Seasonal Allergies
Below are some surprising facts about seasonal allergies, plus some tips and advice on how to manage your symptoms. One you understand how allergies work, it becomes at least a little bit easier to find some relief.
Allergies change as we age
We can develop new allergies at any point in our lives. If you already have an allergic reaction particular plant or other allergen that allergic tendency can pop up again and again (even if you’ve received allergy shots). Even if you’ve never suffered from allergies there still is a chance you’ll be allergic to something new.
Different regions will impact your allergies differently
Every part of the world contain its fair share of allergens, it depends on what impacts your immune system. Even if seasonal allergies have never been a problem for you before, moving to a new area could.
Moving won’t cure your allergies
Many believe that they can rid their allergies by moving to a different location. Once you developed allergies they are likely to return over time wherever you move. The first year or two may seem to be allergy- free, but you’re likely not out of the clear. A recommendation is to eat your local famer’s honey as it can help lessen your environmentally- related allergies.
It’s easy to mistake allergies for a cold
Allergy symptoms often feel similar to cold symptoms, but are very different. The common cold is caused by a virus and your immune system kicks in to fight back. Allergy symptoms occur when your overactive immune system has a response to allergens.
Seasonal allergies and asthma have a lot in common
The same allergens that trigger your seasonal allergies can also cause asthma symptoms. Wheezing, coughing, and difficulty breathing are all signs of allergies and allergic asthma. If you have both seasonal allergies and asthma, it’s best to talk with your doctor about treatment options.
Want long term relief? Allergy shots aren’t the only option
Sublingual tablets are taken once a day and dissolve easily under your tongue. You can take them at home, making them an option. They work by introducing tiny amounts of an allergen into your system. Over time, your immune system becomes desensitized, and your reaction to the allergen- and therefore the symptoms you experience- is reduced.
If you’re using medication to control seasonal allergies, start early
From antihistamines to sublingual tablets, it’s always best to start early. If your allergies are predictable, start taking daily antihistamines a week or two before your seasonal allergies usually kick in. For sublingual tablets, start a few months before allergy season. It might sound counterintuitive, but preventing allergy symptoms is much easier than getting rid of them once they’ve started on the seasonal sniffle assault.