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SPRING ALLERGIES: 5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BE TAKING THEM MORE SERIOUSLY - YAHOO LIFESTYLE

Allergies impact millions of Americans each year, but that doesn't mean you should brush them off. Leaving allergies untreated can impact your health, work life and even sex life. (Getty Images)

Hay fever, allergies, allergic rhinitis theyre all names for that pesky sneezing, itchy, runny nose that impacts at least 20 million adults[1] each year. Some allergy sufferers only encounter symptoms during the spring or fall; the not-so-lucky ones can experience them year round. But while allergies may be all-too familiar to many Americans, they can also be much more than just a nuisance.

I think that allergies can be trivialized, especially by the people that dont have allergies, Dr. Clifford Bassett[2], clinical assistant professor at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and founder and medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of NY, tells Yahoo Life.

This can lead allergy sufferers to downplay their own symptoms. Dr. Miriam Anand, an advisor to the

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