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Understanding Seasonal Allergies

For most people, the term “seasonal allergies” is synonymous with “misery.” That’s because seasonal allergies exist in different forms all year-round, leaving many people with only a few months of relief before the next attack of sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes begin. If your child is demonstrating allergy symptoms, it is important to understand exactly how and why seasonal allergies occur in order to minimize your child’s suffering.

The Reason for Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies are triggered by certain changes in the environment. Though these changes, such as trees releasing pollen and molds releasing spores, are completely natural and have been occurring for millions of years, many people have immune systems that confuse allergens with dangerous foreign substances. As pollen from weeds, grasses, and trees fill the air, it’s possible that your child’s immune system is releasing chemicals like histamines into the bloodstream in order to fight these “attackers.” Unfortunately, since pollen and mold allergens don’t actually harm the body, the histamines ultimately just create symptoms like runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing, and sneezing.

Allergies Can Change With the Date

The environment transitions through seasons, which means allergies do as well. The time of year and your geographic location will both influence what potential allergens are in the air for your child’s immune system to reject. In Florida, seasonal allergies begin early since the hot climate allows most trees and plants to being releasing pollen as early as January or February. As more flowers bloom into the spring, new types of pollen enter the air, and the problem is further exacerbated by lawns being cut as summer approaches. By the time July arrives, fungus spores and seeds start their primetime activity and release mold into the air. Ragweed arrives in the fall and is notorious for triggering jay fever through September, October, and November.

You may find that certain months impact your child the most, which means that he or she is allergic to the allergens present in the air at those times. For pediatric allergy testing that can officially identify those nasty allergens and inform a proper treatment procedure, call Pediatric Care of Four Corners at 863-804-6194 to make an appointment. With the right preventative measures, your child can enjoy the spring, summer, and fall season without any misery.

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