As the snow begins to thaw and the weather begins to warm up, spring isn’t the only thing that’s in the air. This tends to mark the beginning of allergy season for many of us.  The sinus pain, the congestion, the itchy, watery eyes and all the other allergy symptoms begin to resurface.  Here’s what you can do to best manage your allergies and how to know when to seek medical assistance.

It’s Always Allergy Season

While most of us tend to suffer from allergies in the warmer months, allergy season is really a year-round problem, depending on what you’re actually allergic to.  Where winter and fall can bring about allergies to pollen and mould, most of us tend to suffer from spring and summer allergens which include trees, grass, pollen and fungus spores. Due to the wide variety of allergens in the air, suffering can be common but doesn’t have to dampen your outdoor fun. 

Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies 

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So what are the common allergy symptoms and how do we know if we’re actually suffering from allergies? Common symptoms include runny nose, nasal congestion, red eyes that are often itchy and watery.  Experiencing an itchy nose, throat or roof of the mouth is also quite commonly experienced by allergy sufferers, as are sneezing and coughing.  It’s also possible to experience symptoms such as swollen eyes with a bluish colouring underneath.  This is often referred to as “allergic shiners”.  Allergies can also cause us to be really tired and can also cause post nasal drip which can result in a sore throat.  Younger children may also experience earaches as a result of seasonal allergies. If this is the case, it is recommended that you take your child to see a doctor to rule out the possibility of an ear infection that may require antibiotics. 

When Is It NOT Allergies?

With such a common and wide range of symptoms, it can be difficult to decipher between allergies versus a cold, flu or even COVID-19.  So how can you be sure that you or your child is actually suffering from allergies?

If your mucus is clear or watery, then you’re likely dealing with allergies.  If your mucus begins to thicken or becomes green or yellow, you are likely dealing with something else at play.

If your symptoms stay the same without improving or worsening week after week, then allergies are likely the culprit. Colds and flu tend to improve after about a week. Pay attention too, when you feel symptomatic. If you notice that every spring for example you feel this way, then allergies are likely to be causing your suffering. If your symptoms kick into high gear around cats or dogs for example, then you likely have your answer. 

Allergies do not cause a fever so if at any point you have a fever, even a low-grade fever, then you can rule out allergies.  You are likely suffering from a cold, the flu or Covid-19.  Allergies also do not cause body aches and pains, whereas colds and flu often do. 

When Should You Call a Doctor?

Even if you suspect that you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, it’s a good idea to see a doctor determine whether an antihistamine and which one would be appropriate to manage your symptoms.  Speak to your online doctor about your symptoms and he/she will be able to set you on the right treatment path.  Allergies can be treated by understanding what you’re allergic to so that you can control your environment.  Depending on your situation, your doctor may recommend medication or allergy injections. 

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If you have a fever or your symptoms worsen, or your mucus becomes dark in colour, do not hesitate to contact a health care professional for a proper and thorough examination and diagnosis.  If you have trouble breathing, then go immediately to the nearest emergency room or call 911 for immediate assistance. 

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