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What are seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies strike at different times of the year, when trees, grass, flowers and weeds release pollen into the air to fertilize plants, and mold spores take flight to do the same. Also known as allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, seasonal allergy symptoms occur when airborne spores and pollen enter the eyes, nose and throat and set off an allergic reaction.

Symptoms include a stuffy or runny nose, congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes and nose, sore throat, chronic cough, and dark circles under the eyes.

-What you can do

Here are some tips to keep the effects of allergies and asthma at bay during pollen season:

  • Minimize outdoor activities early in the morning between 5-10 a.m. That’s when pollen is most prevalent.
  • Keep car windows closed while driving.
  • Do not hang bedding or clothing outside to dry.
  • Wash hands and face, and change clothes after playing or working outside.
  • Take a shower before bed to help prevent pollen from interfering with sleep.
  • Be sure to take medications as prescribed.
  • Minimize your child’s exposure to second-hand smoke: don’t smoke around your child or in your home.
  • Use hypoallergenic pillows, comforters or other bedding.