SEASONAL ALLERGY - Watsons Health

SEASONAL ALLERGY

Seasonal allergy develops when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people.

Grass and pollen are the most common triggers of seasonal allergy. In the Philippines, seasonal allergy is more common during the dry season when trees, flowers, grass and weeds produce more pollen.

The most common symptoms include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, watery and itchy eyes, itchy throat, ear stuffiness and postnasal drip.

DIAGNOSIS

Your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask about your symptoms, particularly whether your symptoms vary by time of day or season, and exposure to allergens. Allergy testing may reveal the pollen or other substances that trigger your symptoms. Skin testing is the most common method of allergy testing. A complete blood count (CBC) test, specifically the eosinophil count, may also help diagnose allergies.

 

TREATMENT

Your doctor will help you take steps to identify and avoid your allergy triggers. He may also prescribe medications, such as antihistamines and decongestants, that can help reduce your immune system reaction and ease symptoms

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