Spring is considered to be one of the most beautiful seasons all over the world — mainly because we will be seeing and experiencing beautiful blooming landscapes. Spring equals new life to most of us. The surroundings tend to look greener, more colorful, and smell more beautiful, isn’t it? However, if you are someone who faces seasonal allergies then spring might also be the season where you will tend to fall sick more. Spring is also considered that season of the year for money where there are allergy problems almost immediately in the beginning of the onset of the season itself.
What exactly is seasonal allergies? It Is also known as allergic rhinitis hay fever! It is a reaction to Holland, the almost yellowish powder that often builds up on the cars especially during the spring season.
Now if you are wondering from where exactly does pollen come from — it is produced in the flowering plants or cone bearing plants and is a part of their pre production process. The grains of this pollen need to travel from one plant to another in order to create a stigma to produce either seeds or fruits.
In most cases, it is the insects that transport the pollen and transfer it; whereas other plants release their pollen in the air and it gets transported via wind. And this is considered to be one of the main causes of seasonal allergy symptoms among many people. When we as humans come in contact with these pollen grains, our immune system mistakes the pollen for an intruder. The immune system then responds to this intruder by releasing chemicals like histamine that tend to cause tell-tale symptoms of an allergy such as runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, or itchy eyes. Although there is no cure when it comes to seasonal allergies, they still can be treated and controlled. Here are a few tips for you to keep ahead of them coming in this spring.
Do not mistake these allergies for viral infections such as COVID-19
We understand the stigma that is associated with winter, cold, flu and also the peak season of the omicron variant of coronavirus which is either behind us or right in front of us and we begin to think that a normal sneeze associated with something as serious as coronavirus, however in reality it can only be an allergy symptoms. Several clinical and allergist experts say that allergies are very difficult to distinguish from an actual viral infection including Covid 19 as the symptoms tend to overlap and are very common with respect to sinus congestion, sneezing, cough, and headache. This throws light on the importance of getting allergy test done in order to diagnose and also manage your seasonal allergies. Or experts say that non-invasive skin tests lead to really surprising results and answers that the patients do not really expect. And this helps both the patients and their doctors to prepare themselves for any upcoming seasonal allergies if any. It also helps in being aware of any seasonal allergy triggers that one can have.
And early start of the allergy season
Yes, you read that right — allergy season might certainly be starting earlier than it did last year. Climate experts say that climatic changes that the world is facing has led to longer and earlier Poland seasons in certain parts of the United States of America. And as the weather gets warmer, more pollen is found in the air and it can be found as early as the very second month of the year- February. A report from the AAFA (asthma and allergy foundation) states that between the years of 1995 to 2010, slightly hotter temperatures in the United States of America has resulted in the longer prevalence of pollen season almost till 27 days. The report also says that it is these hotter temperatures that are creating stronger and easier airborne pollen allergies.
Don’t let the allergy symptoms get worse
Several reasons can lead to worsening of allergy symptoms. For example, slight differences in the pollen count as well as the amount of time you have spent outdoors and the exposure that you have towards pollen, all of it counts. Several factors such as air pollution, air-quality, and weather changes can lead to worsening your nasal symptoms. It is true that allergies have the nature of changing over time, so there will be certain years where it will be specifically barred. One can consider wearing masks as it helps filter out the allergens and keep infections away, however, it does cause an issue in breathing freely especially amongst those people who suffer from sinuses.
You need to take control of the allergy symptoms
If you have any particular allergy, it does not mean that you always suffer. There are several things that can make you feel better and also prevent those allergy symptoms from sprouting itself. Of course, you cannot completely steer clear from pollen, however, you can minimize the exposure to it by keeping your doors and windows closed while you are at home or driving in the car. Please note that allergy treatment comes in three parts — avoidance, medication, and immuno therapy. One can find relief in antihistamines and nasal spray as well. You can also seek professional help, such as an allergist, they will be sound in identifying your allergy through blood and skin test and will make a treatment plant for the same. The treatments might include immunotherapy, medication, or both of them.