There are people who never get sick. It doesn't matter if they leave their Etobicoke houses to go out for a jog in chilly weather with wet hair or they hang around their friends who are sick all day long. They just don't get sick. There are those who get sick all the time. No matter the weather or the season; they tend to find themselves always getting over some sort of illness. Some people just have immune systems that are not up to par and are very easily susceptible to illness.
Then there's that group of people who get sick during certain seasons. It doesn't matter if they leave their Toronto lofts and walk in the rain all day long or stay indoors, they'll start sneezing or sniffling as soon as the snow starts flying down or the sun comes out. If you're the type of person whose eyes begin to water during certain seasons then you might suffer from seasonal allergies.
How do you know though if you suffer from seasonal allergies? When is a cold just a cold and when is it a seasonal allergy you picked up from a landscaping Toronto co-worker? Well, the first sign is that a seasonal allergy is something you get only during a certain season such as winter or summer and it's only present for that that specific part of the year. You're fine the rest of the year except for that specific season.
These seasonal allergies might be triggered by a pollen allergy such as grasses, weeds or trees. Allergies that take place all year round are known as perennial allergies and can be caused by allergens such as house dust mite, mold, chemicals found in hair products used in Mississauga spa packages or pet dander, just to name a few.
If you don't get sick for 90% of the year but then find yourself with a runny nose, the sniffles, an itchy nose, sneezing all the time, and post-nasal drip during a specific season then you most likely suffer from a seasonal allergy.
However, it might still be tough to distinguish between the common cold and a seasonal allergy. The only way to do so would be to leave the comfort of your Thornhill condos and get yourself checked out by an allergist who specializes in telling the difference between the two.
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