Also known as ‘hay fever’ or ‘allergic rhinitis that affects approximately 20% of people of all ages.
Symptoms include: sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, itchy or red eyes and/or throat, sore throat, loss of taste, post-nasal drip, congestion or popping of the ears, mouth breathing during sleep or trouble sleeping which causes one to feel tired during the day.
Commonly caused by pollens from trees, grasses or weeds, and mold spores.
Treatments include: nasal rinses, steroid nasal sprays, antihistamines, decongestants, and allergy shots.
Prevention includes avoiding things you are allergic to and staying inside during the times of the year when the symptoms are at their worst. If you need to be outside during those times, be sure to wear a dust mask.