Spring allergies, or hay fever, can be crippling at worst and frustrating at best. If you find yourself getting a stuffy nose or watery eyes each year around the same time, you could have spring allergies.
As the saying goes, “spring is when life’s alive in everything”—including allergens! For millions of Americans across the country, spring doesn’t just mean warmer weather, greenery, and blossoming trees and plants—it means allergies as well.
Knowing the symptoms of spring allergies can help you come closer to an accurate diagnosis of your condition.
Top 5 symptoms of spring allergies.
1. Runny nose. While your body produces a certain amount of mucus each day, if you’re noticing the mucus in your nose or its dripping out, something’s up. This excess mucus can have many causes, including flus, colds and allergies. If your runny nose persists pasts two weeks, it’s likely allergies.
2. Sneezing. Often, with a runny nose comes sneezing and vice versa. That’s because sneezing is the body’s natural reflex to inhaling allergens. If you’re sneezing frequently, it could mean there are many allergens in your house, office, or wherever you spend most of your day.
3. Red, itchy, or watery eyes. The biggest allergen trigger of spring allergens is pollen. Pollen is released in the form of small grains by trees, grasses and weeds. These grains can float miles away, and when they come into contact with someone who is allergic, they cause the body to put up a defensive attack—otherwise known as an allergic reaction. Histamines can trigger itchy eyes as well as a runny nose.
Itchy eyes may lead to rubbing, thus increasing redness. Redness can also be caused by allergens coming into contact with the eye or by eyes lacking moisture (dry eyes).
4. No fever. A fever can be brought on by a flu or other illness. Sometimes a cold can cause a higher than normal temperature, too. If you have symptoms such as a runny nose and itchy eyes but no fever, headache, or fatigue, you likely have allergies.
5. Dark circles under the eyes. Spring allergies can be 24/7, depending on pollen counts. Often those with spring allergies have difficulty sleeping, leading to dark circles under the eyes developing over time. Treat dark circles with a good moisturizing cream and book an appointment with your nearest Sneeze allergy clinic to diagnose your symptoms.