Do you find yourself sneezing, coughing, or experiencing itchy eyes every time the seasons change? If so, you could be one of the 64 million Americans suffering from environmental allergies. Environmental allergy is a type of allergic reaction that occurs when someone’s immune system overreacts to harmless substances in their environment, such as pollen, pet dander, or dust mites. It causes inflammation and irritation in the body and can also lead to a range of uncomfortable symptoms.
Even if your symptoms don’t seem that severe, they can still impact your day-to-day life and disrupt activities such as going outdoors, sleeping, or exercising. Knowing the signs of environmental allergy is critical for preventing further discomfort and possible health complications. If you suspect that you may have an environmental allergy, here are three signs that could suggest your suspicions are correct:
Unusual Reactions in Certain Locations
Do you experience more allergic reactions when outside or in certain locations? If so, this could be a sign of environmental allergens. For example, if you’re particularly sensitive to pollen, then spending time outdoors during the springtime might trigger mild to severe allergic reactions such as sneezing, coughing, and redness or swelling around the eyes. Pay attention to when and where your symptoms flare up – this can help you determine whether or not you may have an environmental allergy.
Symptoms That Last Longer Than Normal
The length of time that your symptoms last can also be a sign that you’re suffering from environmental allergies and not. Allergies usually cause symptoms to appear quickly but they can last longer than the usual cold, persisting for weeks during your problem season(s). If your upper airway symptoms like sneezing, congestion, and watery eyes are lasting several weeks with no improvement, then this could be a sign that you have an environmental allergy.
Recurring Symptoms During Certain Seasons
Allergens in the environment also tend to become more prevalent during certain times of year – for example, tree pollen is typically most intense during the spring, grass pollen during the summer, and ragweed during the fall months. If you experience a consistent pattern of allergy symptoms during particular times of the year, then this could be due to environmental allergens. You may also find that your reactions become less severe if you’re able to avoid locations or activities that increase your exposure to the allergen.
In conclusion, environmental allergies can develop at any age and can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms. Paying special attention to the signs listed above and becoming aware of your body’s reactions to various substances can help you determine if you have an environmental allergy and take action on it. In addition, by speaking with a professional allergist, you’ll gain a better understanding of what materials to limit or avoid in your environment as well as how to better manage the symptoms. As treatments vary from person to person, it is critical that each individual receive the necessary care they need. So don’t wait – contact us today at Bernstein Allergy Group!