While it is a beautiful, blooming season, Spring is also time for those bothersome allergies that can last until early summer. But don’t despair, seasonal allergies are manageable! Read on to learn more about the causes and symptoms of these allergies and ways to manage them.
Pollen (released by trees, weeds, and grasses) is the major cause of Spring allergies. Although it is a harmless substance, our immune system mistakenly considers it a harmful substance and attempts to fight it.
So, when you inhale this pollen, your immune system produces antibodies to combat it. These antibodies signal your immune system to release chemicals like histamine into your bloodstream, causing allergic symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, swelling, etc.) to prevent allergens (like pollen) from entering your body.
These factors can increase your risk of developing a Spring allergy:
Common Spring allergy symptoms include:
The following tips will help you prevent and manage Spring allergies:
Keep your lawn short to prevent it from producing pollen. If you are mowing your lawn yourself, make sure to wear a mask to avoid inhaling pollen. Also, take a shower and change into fresh clothes post-mowing to avoid contracting pollen (if any) that sticks to your clothes or skin.
Practice these tips to help contain allergens in your home:
Allergies can flare up when pollen counts are high, so keep checking your local TV/radio station, internet, or newspaper for pollen forecasts and current pollen levels.
To survive high pollen counts:
Rinsing your sinuses (nasal passages) with a saline solution is the best way to relieve nasal congestion while flushing out allergens and mucus from your nose. You can either buy over-the-counter nasal irrigation or make it in your home using sterile water and salt.
While staying outdoors, your body, hair, and clothes can collect pollen. Therefore, follow these tips to get rid of allergens:
Eat these food to stay immune against allergens:
Allergy shots (allergen immunotherapy) can help build resistance to allergens, thus minimizing your symptoms. Tiny amounts of the substances (pollen, mold, etc.) you are allergic to are injected to build tolerance over the course of 3-5 years.
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