Monday, March 4, 2013

Allergies Again?

It's spring time! It's Allergy Time... again! The effects of allergies can be found in spring, summer and fall; however, each season has different sources of pollen. The most common cause of allergies in the spring is pollen from grass, trees and weeds. When pollen is inhaled through the nose of someone who has allergies, the immune system will react as if the pollen is a foreign invader and the immune system will release antibodies to protect the body. When the antibodies attack the allergens, a chemical known as Histamine will trigger the "allergy reactions" that can wreak havoc on our spring enjoyment.
On windy days allergy symptoms are usually elevated due to the breeze carrying pollen through the air. While we may prefer the sun, the rainy days will likely bring relief. The rain can cause a drop in pollen by washing away the allergens in the air.
Symptoms of allergies include dark circles under the eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy nose and eyes, watery eyes and runny nose. Keep in mind, the airborne allergens can also trigger a more serious condition, asthma. An asthma attack can result in the narrowing of the airway, making breathing difficult and increasing coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
Frequently a person can use preventive measures to minimize the effects of allergies. Unfortunately, many of us wait until we are "suffering" from severe symptoms before we take action... making it more difficult to treat and control.
While you cannot control mother nature, you can take steps to minimize your exposure to pollen.
- Keep windows closed and limit being outside when pollen is at its peak during the day.
- Keep car windows closed and use air conditioner (to avoid circulating pollen through vents)
- Take advantage of pollen reports for your area.
- Do not dry clothing or sheets outside. (pollen can collect in clothing)
- Shower at night to remove any pollen/spores from skin and hair.
- Clean heating ducts before turning on heat for the first time (allergens can be trapped in vents over the summer)
- Don't mow the grass or rake leaves if you have allergy symptoms.
Take an offensive approach against allergies by checking both herbal supplements as well as over the counter and prescription allergy preventives. Discuss with your doctor the choices best for you and your medical conditions and needs.
These are just a few suggestions to help you prepare for the fall allergy season.
Good Luck and Happy Breathing!
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