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It's That Time Again

Posted by Tracii H.

It's the time of the year when allergies can be at their worst. Grass, weed, and tree pollen, along with the residual mold spores from spring showers and lots of sun light, and other outdoor allergens like bee stings can really bring a person down. Sneezing, itchy eyes, sore throat, and other cold-like symptoms are common among allergy sufferers. But not everyone has the same symptoms. Extreme fatigue, irritability, headaches, sinus infections, and even bronchitis can develop in some people, which is why it's important to know the difference between harmless (but annoying) allergies and other conditions like colds, flu, pneumonia, and bronchitis, which all share similar symptoms.

If your symptoms come on the same time every year and when you've spent time outdoors, it is most likely an outdoor annual allergy. Some people have perineal allergies, meaning year-round. Indoor allergies, like dust, pet dander, and mold, cause perinneal allergies and have a range of symptoms. In addition, once an allergy trigger such as a houseplant is removed, the symptoms go away. With other illnesses like the common cold, symptoms persist for 1-3 weeks and may include fever along with sore throat, fatigue, cough, stuffy/runny nose, etc.

Allergies can lead to some serious conditions in those with severe allergic disorders, however, so it's best to keep them under control. Bronchitis or sinus infection may develop from a long-running allergy, so make sure to see an allergy specialist or immunologist if symptoms persist for longer than 6 months or interfere with day-to-day activities.

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