Allergies! Ah-Choo!

Yesterday was the first day of Spring!  While this is a time of excitement for some yardworkers, getting their early spring yardwork started, others may not have such a nice time.

This is largely due to Pollen.  During spring time, trees, flowers, and weeds start their annual allergen spreading.  When this happens, the body automatically releases a defense system called “Histamines.”  However, when someone is allergic to Pollen, the histamines overload the body and cause Allergies.  Most of those with allergies know the symptoms:

  • Itchy and Runny Nose
  • Congestion
  • Watery Eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Occasional cough
  • Sinus Pressure



“Is there anything I can do to stop my allergies?”

Unfortunately, there’s no cure as of yet.  Scientists are still studying allergies.  Luckily, according to WebMD, there are a few things you can do to help lower allergen effects:

  • Shut windows and doors during high Pollen count: this will keep your indoor air cleaner.  If the Pollen count is high outside and you’re letting it in, the allergens will cause the symptoms to stay with you.  This also includes bringing flowers inside for decoration.
  • Take an Antihistamine: Antihistamines are made to push against the symptoms of the body’s histamines.  Primarily, the purpose is to lower inflammation and mucus build up in the sinuses.  If an over-the-counter medication doesn’t work, see your doctor.  There are more powerful prescriptions that can relieve symptoms.
  • Clean safely: Wearing a respirator mask during spring cleaning can help lower the amount of allergens in your system by 90%.  Also, after cleaning or doing yardwork, taking a shower and changing clothes will help greatly.
  • Nasal Rinses: Rinsing out your sinuses with a nesi pot is a great way to wash away built up mucus, and trapped allergens.  It’s recommended to use Saline water with the nesi pot in order to help the hairs in the nasal passages move mucus out of the nose better.  Personal note: I really do not like using Nesi Pots myself…but they really do work and have been used for centuries for a reason.  If you’re really looking for relief from severe allergies or a cold, I highly recommend a nasal saline rinse.
  • Cold relief: Most Allergy symptoms mimic Colds.  So, do what you do when you have a cold: eat right, drink more fluids, and inhale steam.  Doing these things may not seem like much, but they can make a difference.



“How can I figure out what triggers my allergies?”

Aside from finding out yourself by being around allergens, there are Allergists (Allergy Specialists) who do a number of quick tests to find out what activates your allergies.




“Why are some people allergic to pollen and others aren’t?”

This is a question that has baffled scientists for years.  Genetics seem to be a cause.  If one person has an allergy, there’s a high likelihood that their child will have the same allergy.



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