Pollen Allergy Symptoms: Everything You Should Know
Spring can be a good season for everyone as it is very beautiful to see that everything comes to life during spring time however not all people can enjoy the outdoors during spring time. As studies shows that pollen allergy or hay fever affects five to ten percent of people. Pollen allergy symptoms may develop from mild to severe allergic reactions from plants. Plants reproduce during springtime; the pollens are dispersed along with the wind thus resulting to pollen allergies.
Some of the common pollen allergy symptoms are:
- · Head ache
- · Runny and clogged nose
- · Watery eyes
- · Cough
- · Itchy throat
- · Sneeze
- · Trouble breathing for severe cases
Do not ignore pollen allergy symptoms, as they may develop to further serious ailments like bronchial asthma, sinus infections and even anaphylactic shock for extreme cases.
When a person have allergy, the first thing to do is to avoid the allergens but with pollen allergy, it is hard to avoid since it is in the air. You cannot control when and when not to breathe, but there are some ways that you can do to avoid developing pollen allergy symptoms.
First, check your surroundings especially the plants nearby your place. For starters, Bermuda grass and Johnson grass are the most common types of grass that may cause you pollen allergies. They may not have flowers but they have pollens, which are usually scattered by birds and bees so it is better to avoid these types of grass. Other weeds, which may cause allergies, are sagebrush, red weed and ragweed. Accordingly, ragweed can produce thousand of pollens on one season alone.
People often mistake pollen allergy symptoms as an ordinary cold however; colds are easier to treat than easily react to medications. Pollen allergies usually stay for a long time and do not easily react to old medications.
Here are some tips to alleviate your pollen allergy symptoms:
- Always keep your windows and doors closed during spring time
- Use your air conditioning unit instead of opening your windows. It is better if it has air filter to make sure that it will emit clean air.
- When you are driving, do not open your windows. A good air conditioning unit is necessary for your travels.
- Do not step out in the morning because pollens are much higher at early morning.
- If you are planning a vacation, you may stay away from countryside, as pollens there might be a bit higher. A beach destination may be a good alternative.
- Wear eyeglasses to protect your eyes.
- Change clothes often especially if you had stayed out doors for long.
- Avoid drying your clothes outside. Use a dryer instead as pollens may stick to your wet clothes.
- Springtime is good for cleaning especially the garden, but if you have pollen allergy symptoms, do not even think about gardening. Ask someone to mow the lawn for you.
- Do not let your pets stay outdoors for long because pollens may also stick to their furs as well.
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