If you have seasonal allergies, you don’t have to hide inside with a box of tissues until the season passes. The right combination of lifestyle adjustments, over-the-counter medications and prescription remedies can help you enjoy the outdoors along with everyone else.
The first step in fighting allergies is identifying what you’re up against. Dr. James Turek, a family medicine physician with Tidelands Health Family Medicine at Garden City, says most seasonal allergy sufferers don’t need to spend money on allergy tests to know which allergies they have.
“If you primarily have allergy symptoms in the spring, you’re probably allergic to tree pollen,” he says. “If it’s during summer, your problem is almost certainly grass pollen. And if it’s fall, the most likely candidate is ragweed pollen.”
Year-round allergies, on the other hand, are typically due to allergens in your regular environment, such as dust mites or pet dander. Although some of these can have a seasonal component, too. For example, pet-dander allergies can pick up during spring when dogs start shedding their undercoats.