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Fast Facts About Seasonal Allergies

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  • Written By: David Apple
Fast Facts About Seasonal Allergies

When the weather starts warming up, it can be a sign of foreboding for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. But just how many people are affected by seasonal allergies and what can be done about it? Here are a few fast facts and some allergy tips to help you through the season.

Dealing with spring allergies can be a real challenge. But before you panic about whether or not you have seasonal allergies, consider that allergies (allergic rhinitis) affect between 10% and 30% of the world’s population. Beyond that, think about the fact that:

  • More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.
  • Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.
  • There are almost 12 million physician office visits with allergic rhinitis as the primary diagnosis.

So when you’re dealing with allergies, it’s important above all else to remember that you’re not alone. Other people are struggling in much the same way. And thanks to advances in medical technology, there are treatments that can help. In fact, immunotherapy can reduce hay fever symptoms in about 85% of people with allergic rhinitis.

Beyond medical treatment, there are things you can do at home to help ease the burden of your seasonal allergies. When almost 90% of U.S. households have detectable levels of dog and cat allergens inside, it becomes apparent that regular cleaning is a must. Other household actions you can take include regular dusting, showering after being outside, and inspecting your home for allergens like mold or mildew.

With these fast facts, your doctor’s treatment recommendations, and a few tips on how to manage your symptoms this season, you should have no problem with seasonal allergies.