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Allergies occur when your body's defence system (immune system) overreacts to certain substances. The immune system treats a harmless substance as if it were a harmful germ or virus. Many things can cause this to happen. Examples include pollens, medicine, food, dust, animal dander, and mould.
Your allergies are seasonal if you have symptoms just at certain times of the year. In that case, you are probably allergic to pollens from certain trees, grasses, or weeds.
Allergies can be mild or severe. Over-the-counter allergy medicine may help with some symptoms. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
Managing your allergies is an important part of staying healthy. Your doctor may suggest that you have tests to help find the cause of your allergies. When you know what things trigger your symptoms, you can avoid them. This can prevent allergy symptoms and other health problems.
In some cases, immunotherapy might help. For this treatment, you get shots or use pills that have a small amount of certain allergens in them. Your body "gets used to" the allergen, so you react less to it over time. This kind of treatment may help prevent or reduce some allergy symptoms.
Symptoms of seasonal allergies include:
Seasonal allergies occur at the same time of the year every year if you continue to live in the same part of the country.
Home treatment is usually all you need to treat seasonal allergies. For example:
Seasonal allergies, such as hay fever (also called allergic rhinitis), are often caused by being exposed to pollen. To reduce your exposure:
Adaptation Date: 6/14/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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