Allergies can present anytime in a person’s life, especially for people who are new to our great city. Many people first experience seasonal allergies when they are young adults. New Orleans has been labeled as one of the worst cities for seasonal and outdoor allergies. In fact, the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America has ranked New Orleans in the top 15 worst cities nationally for seasonal and outdoor allergies. One of the reasons is our longer and stronger allergy season, which pretty much extends year round.
Symptoms of seasonal allergies can often mimic the common cold or flu. These can include:
• Stuffy nose, runny nose, sneezing
• Itchy or red eyes
• Sore throat, cough, itchy throat or ears
• Waking up at night or trouble sleeping, which can lead to feeling tired during the day
The most common causes of seasonal allergies are:
• Pollens from trees, grasses or weeds
• Mold spores which grow when the weather is humid, wet or damp
The symptoms of allergies occur when a person with seasonal allergies breathes in these substances, and the immune system acts as if the substance is harmful to the body. Enjoying our nice NOLA weather and festival fun may contribute to these symptoms. Don’t let allergies slow you down!
If you feel like you may be struggling with allergies, there are many different treatment options for you. You can visit Student Health Services (SHS) for more information, evaluation, and treatment of your symptoms. We can also help with a referral to an allergist if needed. SHS is located in the basement of the Danna Student Center or call 504.865.3326.