Symptoms and treatments of a pollen allergy.
Every year, millions of unfortunate Americans who are allergic to pollen, know when the pollen hits the air in the spring, summer and fall. It’s the times of the year when their pollen allergies act up.
While pollen is best avoided by people who are allergic to it, pollen is actually necessary for the process of reproduction in certain flowers and trees. Pollen can be seen on certain flowers, but cannot be seen with the naked eye. It is microscopic in size. Therefore, you cannot see it when it is spread around by the wind currents.
The major symptoms of pollen allergies are pretty much the same in everyone. The symptoms are actually caused by the natural workings of a person’s immune system. The immune system is just doing its job when it releases histamines from the mucous membranes in the nose in order to fight off the intruding allergen. When people who are not allergic to pollen breathe it into their nasal passages, the pollen is simply moved to their throat by their mucous. It is not considered to be an enemy to the person’s body. From there it is either coughed out or swallowed with no further problems.
The problem with a pollen allergy sufferer is, that, when he or she inhales pollen into their nose, their body signals an alarm that a dangerous intruder – the pollen – has entered. To combat the so-called danger, their body then releases the histamines. When the body releases its histamine, the resulting common symptoms are sneezing, a runny and/or stuffy and itchy nose, swollen nasal passages, and watery, itchy eyes. Other symptoms may include itchy hives or a scratchy throat. In extreme cases, an allergic reaction to pollen may even trigger acute respiratory conditions, such as asthma. The major symptoms of asthma are wheezing and shortness of breath, and occasionally persistent cough.
People who suspect that they are allergic to pollen should pay a visit to their healthcare professional. There are skin prick tests as well as blood tests that can determine whether-or-not you are actually allergic to pollen. If you have the major symptoms, they could be caused by other allergens such as grass, dust mites, pet dander, et cetera.
If you are allergic to pollen, the best way to avoid it, is to stay indoors when the pollen count is high. The pollen count is the calculated measure of how much pollen is in the air on any given day. Breezy days, of course, are usually high-pollen count days because the winds spread the particles around. If you must go outside, you should wear a bandanna or an air filter mask to keep your nose and mouth covered.
Inside or outside, you should also try to avoid other irritants such as dust, cigar or cigarette smoke, and the like. Air conditioning is a great environment for a pollen allergy sufferer to be in too, as long as the air filters are kept clean.
Prescription medications are often prescribed for pollen allergy sufferers and are used with great success. Antihistamines effectively counteract the body’s release of histamines. They can significantly eliminate the uncomfortable major symptoms, providing the sufferer with welcome relief. There are less expensive over-the-counter medications that will help relieve your major symptoms too.
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