1. When should I see a doctor for my spring allergies?
You should see an allergist if you 1) have symptoms that are not adequately controlled with OTC medications like oral antihistamines and nasal sprays; 2) have side effects from OTC allergy medications such as drowsiness and/or nose bleeds; 3) want to identify specific allergy triggers through allergy testing.
2. What is the difference between seasonal allergies and year-round allergies?
Seasonal allergies are focused during certain seasons as follows: tree pollens peak in the Spring season, grass pollens peak in the Summer season, and weed pollens (particularly Ragweed) peak in the Fall season. There can be overlap between these pollen seasons of course. Year-round allergens are caused by indoor allergens that do not change with the seasons—think dust mites and pet danders, along with indoor mold (e.g. musty basement).
3. How do I know if my child has spring allergies?
If you notice that every Spring, your child has itchy/watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, cough and/or sore throat from post-nasal drainage, and/or asthma symptoms of wheezing or chest tightness, then your child may have Spring allergies. Some children get recurrent sinus and/or ear infections secondary to chronic inflammation caused by spring allergies.
4. What are the common symptoms of spring allergies?
See above for common symptoms of spring allergies.