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Itching? Sneezing? Wheezing? It may be an allergy attack! 
 
by PICI October 13, 2005

While different areas of the country and the world experience varying pollen seasons, there is rarely an escape form seasonal allergies altogether. People with allergies have an inherited, genetic tendency to produce IgE, the allergic antibody, in response to different substances. For some people, pollen and mold have this effect. For others, it is dust mites and cat dander. When an allergic person moves to a new area to try to escape their allergies, exposure to different allergens in the new location will likely result in a new set of allergy triggers over time. You can't hide form allergies.

Pollen seasons wax and wane in different areas among different plant species; molds are present almost everywhere and at any time. Outdoors, they can be found in soil, vegetation and rotting wood. Inside, they are found in attics, basements, bathrooms, refrigerators and other food storage areas, garbage cans, carpets and upholstery. Weather does affect pollen and mold distribution. Rainy and windless days can alleviate allergic rhinitis symptoms, while hot, dry and windy conditions signal heavy pollen and mold distribution and increased allergic symptoms.

Considering it is a broad reach, genetic link and potentially severe symptoms, seasonal allergies represent a major portion of today's health concerns. So before you get to the bottom of your next box of tissues, get your allergies under control. Contact your allergist, he or she can provide testing, environmental control measures and medications that can relieve the symptoms of allergic rhinitis or other allergies by preventing the release of histamine in the body. Newer antihistamines offer fewer unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness, and are available by prescription. Decongestants can also treat nasal congestion and other symptoms by clearing nasal passages, while broncho-dilators can relieve coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing. Other anti- inflammatory agents can also aid in reducing airway inflammation.

Successful treatment of allergies include early detection to avoid unnecessary suffering, proper use of medications, and allergen avoidance whenever possible. Ignoring or toleration seasonal allergy symptoms can lead to more serious conditions, such as asthma, sinusitis and other allergic diseases.

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