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3 overlooked symptoms of seasonal allergies

Intestinal distress is one uncommon symptom of seasonal allergies.

Anyone who has dealt with seasonal allergies – which affect millions of adults and children worldwide – may already be well-aware of common symptoms and side effects. That list includes sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose and even dark bags or circles under the eyes.

However, there are other, less obvious signs of winter and spring allergies you might not be aware of. That lack of know-how can actually impact your personal wellbeing. 

Here are three overlooked symptoms of seasonal allergies to be on the lookout for:

"Changes in behavior and allergies are linked most often in young children."

1. Changes in behavior
In a way, the effects of seasonal allergies can actually influence how you behave and interact with others. Specifically, symptoms like a runny nose and watery eyes can prevent you from getting a full night's rest, and that in turn can cause you to be overly grumpy or experience mood swings. There are many different health issues that can disturb your sleep schedule, which is why allergies aren't always seen as a likely cause. But in many cases, especially young children, allergies and behavior issues are quite common.

2. Itchy ears
As mentioned above, issues with the nose and eyes are most common with seasonal allergies. However, these same problems can also result in itchy ears, though not as often as with the other symptoms. This is similar to what happens with the nose and eyes, as the ears become agitated from exposure to allergens like dust mites, mold or pollen. Similar to the issues with sleeplessness, problems with the ear are often associated with certain infections or if water has made its way into the canal. In some cases, the itchiness has been known to impact other body parts, like the abdomen.

3. Intestinal distress
Perhaps of all the many different symptoms linked to seasonal allergies, issues with your intestines or digestive tract are the least common. Yet many people still experience these issues with some frequency. This distress, which usually takes the form of diarrhea, happens the same way that itchy eyes might occur. The body's immune system encounters an allergen like pollen, and the subsequent overreaction can upset the stomach and lead to problems with bowel movements. It just goes to prove that allergens impact the entire body.

If you experience any of these symptoms, or the more common issues, it's important to speak with your doctor right away. He or she can help develop a plan to address the issues individually and better manage your seasonal allergies. 

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