Allergies that occur throughout the year (perennial allergic rhinitis) are often due to a year-round sensitivity to animal dander, dust mites or cockroaches.Seasonal allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, most often occurs in the spring and fall seasons.
Wear a face mask if you can't avoid yard work or ask somebody to do it for you.
Always shower and wash your hair before bedtime to remove any pollen that may have accumulated on your skin and hair during the day.
Common treatments include 1st and 2nd generation oral antihistamines, saline nasal rinses, corticosteroid nasal sprays, decongestants, leukotriene antagonists, and immunotherapy.
Oral and corticosteroid nasal spray medicines must be used daily to prevent symptoms from occurring; conversely intranasal decongestants should only be used for a few days at the most.
Cetirizine may be associated with drowsiness and can be taken at bedtime if needed.
Fexofenadine, levocetirizine and loratadine do not usually cause drowsiness at recommended doses.Your nose, eyes and throat will be checked during a physical exam.Pinpointing the actual allergy may be easy in those with a predictable response to a given substance.Ig E antibodies travel to cells and release certain chemicals that cause allergy symptoms.Seasonal allergic rhinitis is also called 'hay fever' or 'allergic rhinitis'. Other symptoms, such as a scratchy throat, cough, sneezing, and red and itchy eyes are also common with seasonal allergies.A doctor can evaluate your allergy, help pinpoint the most likely cause, and advise on the most appropriate treatment.