Spring can be one of the most romantic or painful seasons, depending on one determining factor: allergies. If you have one or more of the characteristic symptoms such as runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, you may be suffering from seasonal allergies.
What are the most common spring allergies?
Outdoor allergies: pollen, dust, dust mites, moulds, grasses.
Indoor allergies: animal dander, dust, mould, dust mites.
Other forms of allergy-related conditions:
dry eye symptoms are itchy and watery and occur when the body does not produce enough tears to protect the eye and can be made worse by environmental allergies such as mold or pollen.
Oral allergy syndrome, or pollen-food syndrome is a certain type of food allergy that manifests as an accumulation of allergic reactions caused by cross-contamination. Pollen in some fresh foods (especially nuts, fruits, and vegetables) triggers the reaction mainly in adults who suffer from hay fever. Typical symptoms are itchy throat and itchy mouth.
The body’s immune system reacts to an external factor, i.e. breathing in pollen or any invisible airborne particle (dust, mites, mold) stimulates a reaction in the form of one of symptoms described.
What to do?
First: Get tested by a certified allergist to find out what you are allergic to.
Second: if diagnosed, adjust environment: reduce exposure, vacuum professionally or use vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters, do not open windows during peak hours, check pollen count daily, avoid dusty environments at all costs, keep animals away from upholstered furniture and bedrooms, avoid ceiling fans, keep stuffed toys free of dust mites, maintain a constant indoor humidity between 30% and 45%.
The third: Take prescribed medications and engage in immunotherapy, commonly known as allergy shots.
TRUE OR FALSE
- Cut flowers make me sneeze: it’s true, if they are “male” flowers, the ones that carry pesky pollen; false, if it is flowers without allergic pollen; the colorful flowers that usually form the beautiful bouquets do not contain pollen.
- The “local honey” theory: if you are allergic to pollen, you should ingest a small amount of locally produced honey to avoid allergies. In theory, the idea is based on the same concept that immunotherapy is based on, which is that exposure to what your body is reacting to boosts your immune system. There is a practical difference: there is no scientific formula that certifies which pollens are contained in the honeypot compared to when one receives an injection against allergies, one receives the identified allergen which causes the allergy .
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