Allergy season affects about 50 million Americans each year. Research from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shows allergic illness, including asthma, is the fifth-leading chronic disease in the U.S. in people of all ages and the third most in children.

Here are some facts and fixes to help you through the various conditions that spring up this time of year


  • $18 billion is spent on treatment and care each year.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and tuna may help reduce inflammation from a sinus infection.
  • Apples contain vitamin C and the antioxidant quercetin in their skin, both of which are helpful in fighting allergies.
  • Pollen counts tend to go up the day after a significant rain, increasing the risk for an allergic reaction.
  • Flower pollen is the least common allergy trigger. Heavier than tree and weed pollen, it isn’t carried through the air; it falls to the ground instead.
  • Hay fever is the most common condition (sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, watery or itchy eyes).
  • 85% of people who receive allergy shorts report improvement from hay fever symptoms.
  • 17 million adults suffer from asthma.