Surviving Allergies in the Pacific Northwest: Learn what triggers your symptoms

Surviving Allergies in the Pacific Northwest: Learn what triggers your symptoms

For the 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, spring and summer can mean misery: watery eyes, itchy throat, runny nose, and sneezing.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, many irritants–including dander, mold, and pollen– can be a constant nuisance when you suffer from allergies. The good news is that most people can find relief by learning what triggers their symptoms and how to avoid common allergens.



Allergy symptoms can range from mild to quite debilitating, and include nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and post-nasal drainage. It’s easy to confuse these symptoms with a common cold.

Signs you are having a reaction to seasonal allergens include: congestion lasting for more than two weeks; itchy nose, mouth, and eyes; clear or watery mucus; or if your symptoms get worse after being in situations with specific seasonal triggers (like jogging outside next to a grassy field).



Treatment begins with controlling your environment, including minimizing exposure to known triggers, planning the day carefully when pollen counts are high, and using certain air filters at home.

Medication treatment includes both over-the-counter and prescription options such as antihistamines and nasal sprays. For those who don’t find adequate relief with medications or want a more lasting alternative, immunotherapy or “allergy shots” can be performed by an allergist.



Allergy testing can help identify what is causing your discomfort and rule out other medical issues as the source of your symptoms. An allergy specialist can provide comprehensive allergy testing as well as a treatment plans to help manage your symptoms.

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