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Seasonal allergies

Published on May 5, 2015 at 10:51 / Updated on May 8, 2018 at 20:53

Seasonal allergies affect around 1 in 5 people in Quebec. This condition, also known as hay fever, is usually caused by pollen from trees, grass, and especially ragweed. Why do some people have allergic reactions to these things?

Normally, the immune system only reacts to things that may be harmful to a person’s health. However, the immune system of someone with an allergy starts a chain reaction when exposed to an otherwise harmless element. In the case of seasonal allergies, pollen triggers that chain reaction, resulting in all the usual symptoms: itchy, runny eyes and nose, sneezing, congestion, etc. A good way to control these symptoms is to avoid the pollen responsible for the allergy as much as possible. A variety of prescription and over-the-counter drugs are available to help you get through allergy season. Talk to your health professional for advice!

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