Spring- and summertime are the most common seasons for allergies. This happens because the warmer temperatures allow flowers to flourish and all kinds of airborne dust to float about. But while a good number of people know how to recognize and combat seasonal allergies correctly, a lot of others have not been diagnosed and can't tell whether they’re experiencing an allergy, a seasonal cold or something much more serious. In fact, even doctors dismiss certain symptoms as allergies when they are in truth something more serious.
This article will briefly discuss some symptoms that may seem like it, but are in fact not linked to any seasonal allergies.
1. Clear fluid: It isn’t uncommon to have a runny nose when suffering from seasonal allergies, but if only one nostril is running and the fluid is clear, that may mean there is a leak of spinal cerebral fluid happening. It becomes even more likely if this only takes place when the individual bends forward. The fluid itself isn't dangerous, but the leak is a sign that the brain may be exposed to infection, which would definitely be a cause for concern.
2. Green snot: Green snot is usually a telltale sign of infection. If it happens to be coupled with pain in the area under the eyes, where the sinuses are located, then it’s likely the patient is dealing with a sinus infection instead of a seasonal allergy. This kind of infection can also cause headaches and pain in the temples.
3. Absent taste and smell: As a rule, allergies should not cause individuals to lose their senses of taste and smell. If that’s happening, then the cause is perhaps a structural problem in the nose such as polyps or a deviated septum. Neither of these issues is particularly dangerous, but they do cause congestion and inhibit the senses. Moreover, they often need to be corrected through surgery.
4. Hives: Most people will usually dismiss hives as an allergic reaction and only become concerned if the flare up doesn't disappear within a few days. If that is the case, and the episode lasts for weeks instead of days, then they are dealing with chronic hives, which have nothing to do with any external facts. They can be caused by many conditions, but experts have found that chronic hives are often linked to thyroid or immune system issues.
5. Headache: Headaches have already been briefly mentioned in this article. They may in fact be linked to allergies and sinus infections, if they're relatively mild, but if they are sudden and blindingly strong and persistent, then there is definitely a cause for concern, as this kind of headache is sometimes a sign of brain issues or cardiovascular diseases, both of which can be dangerous.