Do You Know What Causes Seasonal Allergy Symptoms?

If you have allergies, your immune system may view an allergen as a threat and begins forming antibodies to fight it off. This triggers a response where your body produces chemical substances which, in turn, can cause allergy symptoms such as stuffy and runny nose, sneezing, or itchy eyes.

Seasonal Allergies and Your Immune System

Allergy symptoms are a result of the body’s immune system reacting to allergens in the environment. If you’re a seasonal allergy sufferer, here’s what happens.

Some plants release pollen in the air.

When you breathe in the pollen, your immune system reacts as if it were harmful.

Your immune system forms antibodies to protect you against the allergen.

The antibodies trigger a response that causes symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose.

Allergy sufferers can work with their allergist or health care provider to develop a plan that may include the following steps:

  • Monitor the pollen count by checking weather reports.
  • Shower, change and wash clothes after spending time outdoors.
  • If possible, keep your home and car windows closed. Use air conditioning.
  • Stay indoors during the afternoon when pollen counts are highest.
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