Several key signs lead us to believe that we annually suffer from seasonal allergies, when in fact, only a handful of symptoms legitimately occur because of seasonally induced allergy attacks.
Seasonal allergies and all other allergy attacks happen because our bodies’ mucous membranes negatively react to some entity in nature. Normally, when a foreign substance enters the body through the eyes, nose or mouth, the mucous membranes found in our nasal passages remain dormant.
However, those who suffer from seasonal allergies have more sensitive mucous membranes which actually become inflamed after coming in contact with possible allergens, specifically those released by trees, plants and grasses, during certain times of the year.
These symptoms will help you better identify your seasonal allergies, thus providing you with an opportunity to contact a medical professional sooner in order to get properly diagnosed.
Symptom #1 – Itching, Watery Eyes
When you chop an onion, your eyes begin to burn, itch and water. This happens when your body attempts to protect itself from the irritating acidic juices that become airborne during the cutting process.
Picture this exact occurrence but on a much larger scale and you will better understand why seasonal allergies first become apparent through the eyes. When plants start to release pollen in the air it comes in contact with our eyes and irritates them.
Symptom #2 – Itchy Throat
Another major symptom of seasonal allergy attacks is an itchy sensation in the back of the throat. However, this symptom usually becomes suppressed with many simple remedies including throat drops and drinking lots of fluids.
Symptom #3 – Sneezing
Allergy attacks often take full effect within a mere 10 minutes of coming into contact with an allergen, but then subside, only to become active again in a matter of hours. After an allergen passes through your nasal passages, the mucous membranes fluctuate and grow in size. This movement causes a tickling sensation known to cause common sneezing.
Symptom #4 – Congestion
Many of us suffer from stuffy nasal passages, which often feel as though the entire head has a dense and foggy feel to it. Since the mucous membranes of the nasal passages often swell up when exposed to allergens, air flow from the back of the throat into the upper nasal passages become blocked. Headaches often occur as a side effect of this reaction.
Symptom #5 – Sleeping Problems
If you suffer from the inability to sleep, it may be caused by a lack of airflow. Largely because of swollen mucous membranes, breathing through your nose can become difficult. This frequently disrupts sleeping patterns.