7 Things You Should Know about Spring Allergies ...

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Spring should be a time to celebrate the end of cold weather and snow, but for many of us it is a time of an even greater evil -- spring allergies.

While most people yearn for the start of spring, those who suffer from allergies often wish the snow would last longer.

I just developed spring allergies a few years ago, and have compiled a list of things I wish I had known when I first started getting symptoms.

1. They Can Come on at Any Time

One of the biggest surprises about spring allergies that I discovered is that they can spring up at any time (no pun intended).

Up until three years ago, I never had the slightest reaction to pollen, but for some reason, I developed a horrible reaction to it that seemingly came out of nowhere.

So if you start to notice that you have a perpetual cold in the spring, you may want to consult your doctor to see if you have developed seasonal allergies, even if you never had them before.

2. You Can Be Allergic to More than Just Flowers

Most people assume that they are allergic to flowers and weeds in the spring, but there are many other things you can be allergic to.2

When I first went to an allergy doctor, he explained that there are four main categories of allergies for those with cold-like symptoms: plants/weeds, animals, mold, and trees.

Turns out, many people with spring allergies are actually allergic to tree pollen, and not flowers.

3. You Can Get Tested to See Exactly What You're Allergic to

Like I mentioned before, there are four main categories of allergens you can get tested for if you are having cold-like symptoms (plants/weeds, animals, mold, and trees).

Typically, an allergy doctor will stick you with ten common allergens from each category that are most prevalent in your region.

If the area you are pricked with becomes swollen and itchy, that means you are allergic to that particular item.

This can be helpful if you want to know what kinds of things you should avoid coming into contact with.

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