Seasonal vs. Other Allergies

Young woman got allergy sneezing nose sitting at the table with a cup of hot beverage beside Reactions to allergens can create a host of sinus symptoms and issues. While these are usually harmless, they can be very annoying and, if severe enough, can prevent you from many enjoyable activities.

Although the symptoms caused by allergies can mimic other respiratory illnesses, such as colds or sore throats, allergy symptoms are generally temporary, and avoidance of the allergens can help.

While they are most common in spring and autumn, allergies can occur year-round. Allergies caused by plants or pollen are often called annual or seasonal allergies. These can occur throughout the year but are generally the most severe when flowers and plants begin to bloom and release pollen in the air.

Perennial or indoor allergies, on the other hand, are independent of the season and are more the result of the indoor environment. These indoor allergens include dust, pet dander, and, depending on your home’s humidity, mold, and other organic matter.

Though they differ in when and where they cause symptoms to occur, the symptoms are generally very alike and are caused by the body trying to protect itself from an outside and unwanted substance.

Although many over-the-counter medications and other treatments can relieve allergy symptoms, avoiding allergens is often the most successful way to prevent allergies.

Paying close attention to your outdoor activities and how the wind may blow dust and pollen can help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. Generally, these types of allergies only occur during relatively short periods during the year but may vary depending on where you live.

Keeping your house free from dust, and controlling the humidity level, can help reduce the amount of allergens inside your home. Many air purifiers also have a built-in humidifier for an all-in-one unit.

If you suffer from chronic allergies, call the ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas in North Plano, TX, at 972-984-1050 or visit to schedule an allergy consultation. The doctors and staff can help alleviate your allergy symptoms, regardless if they are seasonal or indoor allergies.

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