What Are Allergy Symptoms? | Springfield, MA
An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies including indoor/outdoor, food & drug, latex, insect, skin and eye allergies. This is around 20% of our total population, and many of you are here in Springfield.
Allergy prevalence overall has been increasing since the early 1980s across all age, sex and racial groups, and is now the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.S. among all ages, and the 3rd most common chronic disease among children under the age of 18.
Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to something that you have been exposed to in the environment. The most common type of allergy is hay fever. Hay fever generally affects people in the spring and the fall. However, there are numerous types of allergies and many of these can cause problems such as coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose and scratchy throat throughout the year. Preventing exposure to allergens and proper clinical treatment can help manage your allergies.
Allergy Symptoms May Include:
- Repeated sneezing
- Nasal itching
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Mouth breathing
- Diminished or lost sense of taste or smell
- Cold-like symptoms that last for more than 10 days
- Symptoms that recur at the same time each year
- Recurrent ear infections
- Recurrent sinus infections
- Fluctuating hearing loss
- Chronic fatigue