According to the National Allergy Bureau, signs of an allergy can be:
• Clear mucus. Colored mucus is a quick way of telling if you have an infection.
• Itchy eyes. When your body encounters something you are
allergic to, it releases an arsenal of histamines—a chemical that causes inflammation and swelling. This causes the blood vessel in your eyes to swell, leading to itchiness.
• Long lasting sniffles. If your sniffles are lasting for more than a week, it might be due to allergies. A typical cold clears up within 7-10 days, whereas allergies can last for multiple weeks.
• Seasonal symptoms. If you find yourself sneezing more in the winter, or spring, or any particular time of year, this may mean your body is reacting to whatever is in abundance during that season.
• Redness/swelling. If any reddening or swelling occurs, this can be an indicator of an allergic reaction.
If you read this list and feel as if you could possibly have a seasonal allergy, set up an appointment with your local allergist. A discovery of a seasonal allergy can save you money, hours of sniffling, and embarrassment from blowing your nose every minute!