What Are the Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies?

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Seasonal allergies make millions of people miserable every year. They can appear at any time during your life and are often mistaken for an illness. But how do you know if your symptoms are caused by seasonal allergies or something else?

The most common seasonal allergies symptoms include:

If you have not experienced seasonal allergies before, you may think your symptoms are caused by the common cold.

However, if they last longer than two weeks without changing much in severity, you are probably dealing with allergies and not a cold. Most colds and other respiratory illnesses don't last that long.

Seasonal Allergy Treatments

You should always consult your healthcare provider to discuss treatment options if you think you have seasonal allergies. There are many treatment options available now. Some options your health care provider may discuss with you include:

Learn more about treating seasonal allergies from About.com's Guide to Allergies.

Source:

"NAB: Frequently Asked Questions." American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Immunology 07 Dec 04. Accessed 22 May 11.

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