Some allergies are seasonal, but others can be year-round. If you have a long history of year-round allergies, then you are likely well aware of the triggers and causes of your allergies.
However, throughout your life, your allergies can change as you are exposed to new things. These new and seemingly year-round allergies are something you should discuss with your medical provider. It could be the result of changes to environments you spend a lot of time in like your home or work.
What is Hay Fever?
Allergic rhinitis (with “rhinitis” meaning irritation of the nose) is an allergic reaction that affects 19 million Americans. Commonly called hay fever, it can cause runny nose, sneezing, coughing, itchy throat, and watery eyes.
For many Americans suffering from hay fever year-found, it is brought on by dust mites, pet dander, cockroaches, and mold that exists in your living environment.
Common Causes of Year-Round Allergies
Unlike seasonal allergies, which are commonly triggered outside, year-round allergies are normally most bothersome indoors.
As a result, they may be most evident in the winter when we spend more time indoors. If you never previously experienced allergies in the past, it is possible they are triggered by dusty or poor ventilation in your living environment.
Pets can also be a common source of long-term allergens – particularly for first-time pet owners who may have been unaware they had a pet allergy. Many pets increase their shedding at certain times of the year, potentially worsening your allergies as seasons change – but remaining a consistent issue year-round.
How Can You Decrease Your Allergy Symptoms?
Begin by dusting and cleaning your environment to see if that improves your allergies. This includes cleaning your ventilation systems, carpet, upholstery, draperies, plush toys, and similar locations that can hold dust. Use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in your home to improve air filtration.
If you can rule out dust and pets being sources of your allergies, then there are allergy tests you can do that may be able to pinpoint your specific allergy.
There are also nasal sprays, decongestants, and other allergy medications your provider can recommend you try. At Williams Integracare we even offer allergy shots and your provider can help you determine if these are right for you!