Spring is upon us, and, if you have seasonal allergies, you know what that means…a lot of tissues and likely some type of allergy treatment to get you through. For millions of people worldwide, allergic rhinitis has them in dire straits from Spring until late Fall in some cases. The problem is that when you have allergies, you might just chalk up all of your icky symptoms to them. Doing so, however, isn’t such a good idea.
If you’re really getting serious about our health, it’s important to pay attention to symptoms when they arise. First, tell your doctor when anything changes or seems different from your normal allergy attacks. Also, here are a few symptoms to look out for that are not caused by allergies.
Color Change or Consistency of Your Mucus
Okay, we didn’t want to talk about mucus, but, look, it’s one of the primary symptoms of seasonal allergies. However, when it strays from its clear to slightly yellow color and thin consistency, you have crossed into some non-allergy territory. Of course, you will need to get advice from your doctor as to what is causing it.
All I can tell is that mucus that is yellow to greenish in color at any stage could be a warning sign of an underlying infection. Equally concerning is a thickening of the actual mucous in the nose, throat, and chest. With that in mind, it’s worth keeping an eye out this season for these kinds of changes.
Dry Eyes that Persist
Dry, itchy eyes are another common symptom of a standard seasonal allergy attack. Sadly, as stated in this article by Theralife, consistently dry eyes can also be a symptom of dangerous diseases like cancer and diabetes, as well as other degenerative eye conditions. There are also other less sinister eye conditions that could be at play.
To help you and your doctor understand what’s happening, consider how long your dry eye episodes last. Keep a record of your symptoms, the frequency, and severity to be sure you don’t forget anything when you discuss it with your healthcare provider.
It might be called hay fever, but trust us when we say that allergies should never leave you feeling feverish. Hot flashes and chills might not seem like a big deal, but this is a significant red flag you don’t want to ignore. A fever could be from a progressing infection or a flu virus. Again, track your temperature and let your doctor know to be on the safe side.
Allergies can hit hard, however, they aren’t the cause of some symptoms. Bottom line, pay attention to changes in your usual symptoms. Seek medical advice if things get worse or you aren’t sure about a particular symptom.
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