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Recognizing Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

When winter weather breaks and spring is in the air, warm temperatures are often accompanied by a host of seasonal allergies, also known as “hay fever.”

If you want to determine whether you or a loved one is an allergy sufferer, the first step is recognizing the array of spring allergy symptoms that affect people.

As always, it’s best to speak with your doctor before seeking seasonal allergies treatments. But here is a quick overview of allergens that trigger hay fever, symptoms, and how to identify them:

Allergy Triggers: An allergy trigger is any substance that triggers an allergic reaction in your body. Between pets, chemicals, and other compounds, the array of triggers is quite vast. But with regard to seasonal allergies, triggers can generally be grouped into two categories:

  • Molds and mildew are fungi that can grow on things like rotted logs, fallen leaves, grasses, as well as plants killed by the winter cold. Spores are the “seeds” which float through the air. When inhaled, many varieties of spores may trigger mild to severe allergic reactions.
  • Pollen grains travel by air and on animals in order to fertilize other plants of the same species. The pollen of ragweed is notorious for causing allergy symptoms. Plants such as tumbleweed, lamb’s quarters, sagebrush, and pigweed are also common allergens. Pollen from trees like oak, birch, and cedar can trigger allergic reactions as well.

Seasonal Allergy Symptoms: The tricky thing about hay fever is that it can sometimes be confused with a cold or other illness. Your doctor can tell you for sure, but here are some common signs to look out for:

  • A runny nose from excess mucus production
  • Itchy eyes, nose, mouth, and ears
  • Nasal congestion
  • Swollen, red, and watery eyes
  • Dry, scaling skin

How To Find Allergy Relief

There are a variety of steps you can take to relieve seasonal allergies. Many of the most effective steps can be taken in the home, which we’ve outlined in our article called Top “At Home” Tips for Seasonal Allergies.

Also, as our article It’s ALWAYS Allergy Season Indoors states, “seasonal” allergies take place all year long inside the home.

To mitigate indoor allergens, one of the best things you can do is to install a mattress protector, box spring protector, and pillow protectors.

Check out the following Protect-A-Bed products to make your bed an allergen-free zone.


We’re hope this information helps you minimize seasonal allergies allergens in your home!


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