Ah, spring. Trees are budding and gentle breezes are blowing— and your nose is running, your eyes are itching, and your brain is fuzzy. As much as you'd love to just curl up with a box of tissues, you shrug it off and soldier on. After all, it's only allergies, right?
While it's easy to trivialize these annoying symptoms—which plague some 36 million Americans—experts say they're nothing to sneeze at. In fact, 80 percent of seasonal allergy sufferers report being less productive because of the condition, costing the U.S. economy an estimated $700 million a year in lost work, according to a study by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.