Seasonal and Environmental Allergies: Causes and Symptoms

Allergies are an immune system response to generally harmless substances, such as pollen, dust, or animal dander. For example, seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever, occur during certain times of the year when plants release pollen into the air. On the other hand, environmental allergies can occur year-round and are caused by dust mites, mold, and pet dander. This blog will discuss the causes and symptoms of seasonal and environmental allergies.

Causes of Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies are caused by the body's immune system overreacting to plant pollen. This can trigger an allergic reaction that results in symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and congestion. Pollen from different plants can cause allergies at different times of the year. For example, tree pollen is most common in the spring, while grass pollen is more common in the summer. Ragweed pollen is the most common cause of fall allergies.

Other factors contributing to seasonal allergies include air pollution, weather changes, and genetics. In addition, certain medications, such as aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, can also worsen allergies.

Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies

The symptoms of seasonal allergies can vary from person to person, but some of the most common symptoms include the following:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Itchy throat or ears
  • Postnasal drip
  • Fatigue

Causes of Environmental Allergies

Environmental allergies can be caused by a variety of allergens that are present in the environment year-round. For example, dust mites are a common cause of indoor allergies and are typically found in bedding, carpets, and upholstery. Mold spores can also cause allergies and are commonly found in damp areas such as basements, bathrooms, and kitchens. Pet dander from cats and dogs is another common cause of environmental allergies.

Other factors contributing to environmental allergies include air pollution, cigarette smoke, and certain foods. Like seasonal allergies, genetics can also play a role in environmental allergies.

    Symptoms of Environmental Allergies

    The symptoms of environmental allergies can also vary, but some of the most common symptoms include the following:

    • Sneezing
    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Itchy or watery eyes
    • Itchy throat or ears
    • Skin rash or hives
    • Asthma symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath

    Treatment for Seasonal and Environmental Allergies

    Treatment for allergies typically involves avoiding the allergen whenever possible and taking medication to relieve symptoms. Western medicine includes over-the-counter antihistamines such as Claritin and Zyrtec, that can help relieve symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and runny nose. In addition, nasal decongestants such as Afrin can help ease congestion but should not be used for more than a few days. Finally, allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, can reduce symptoms.

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    Prevention of Seasonal and Environmental Allergies

    There are several steps you can take to prevent seasonal and environmental allergies. If you have seasonal allergies, avoiding outdoor activities is important when pollen counts are high. You can also keep windows and doors closed and use air conditioning to keep pollen out of your home. For environmental allergies, it's important to keep your home clean and free of allergens such as dust mites and mold. Using an air purifier can also help reduce allergens in your home.

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    • Astragalus - Multiple studies have shown that this healthy herb can improve cardiovascular and immune health markers and help lessen the risk of long-term illness. In history, it has been one of the main herbs to optimize your immune health, supporting the liver, kidney, and heart function. 
    • Magnolia Flower - Magnolia is used for weight loss, digestion issues, constipation, inflammation, anxiety, stress, depression, fever, headache, stroke, and asthma. In addition, according to the research, Magnolia flower bud is used for stuffy noses, runny noses, common cold, sinus pain, hay fever, headache, and dark facial spots. 
    • Angelica Root - Angelica dahurica might exert anti-influenza A activity by inhibiting the early phase of the viral replication cycle, not directly neutralizing surface proteins, such as hemagglutinin and NA, and abnormal apoptosis induced by virus infection. These findings suggest that furanocoumarins predominant in A. dahurica play a pivotal role in its antiviral activity. These findings can also explain the reasons for the ethnopharmacological uses of this plant as an essential ingredient in many antiviral prescriptions in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). 

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    March 22, 2023 — Jing Liu