As the seasons change, the birds sing more, the sun shines longer, and the tissue box empties faster than they can be replace. Allergies, also referred to as rhinitis or hay fever, impact 50-plus million people across the nation with nearly 17 million adults being diagnosed in 2013 alone. Most folks, however, can self-diagnose less serious cases based on common symptoms such as the onset of itchiness in the throat, eyes or nose, as well as nasal congestion and discharge. Sneezing fits are also tell-tale signs. Not all allergies are created equally, however.
For those with seasonal allergic rhinitis, the symptoms only occur during weeks or months when pollen counts are higher due to increased flowering periods. Perennially allergic rhinitis occurs when allergy symptoms are suffered year-round. If you suffer from any kind of allergies, check out this guide by PhysicianOne Urgent Care on dealing with allergies.