Ahhh, spring is finally here! Sunny and 75 weather, colorful floral blossoms and baseball season are now upon us! It’s time to open the windows, pack away those raincoats, enjoy the sunshine and, well, head to your local pharmacy to stock up on allergy medication!
Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide, and are generally seasonal, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Do you greet the arrival of spring each year with an itching throat, watering eyes and running nose? That’s because the spring and summer months arrive each year equipped with pollinating trees and grass, resulting in millions of pollen particles and mold spores drifting freely in the air.
What exactly is an allergic reaction?
“An allergic reaction begins in the immune system,” according to the AAAAI. “If you have an allergy, your immune system mistakes an otherwise harmless substance as an invader. This substance is called an allergen. The immune system overreacts to the allergen by producing Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies travel to cells that release histamine and other chemicals, causing an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction typically triggers symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach or on the skin. For some people, allergies can also trigger symptoms of asthma. In the most serious cases, a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis can occur.”
A number of different allergens are responsible for allergic reactions. The most common include pollen, dust, food, insect stings, animal dander, mold, medications and latex.
Pollen are tiny grains needed to fertilize many kinds of plants, and are generally the culprits that cause most spring and summer allergies. Each plant has a period of pollination every year, and the weather can affect the amount of pollen in the air at any time, according to the AAAAI. Seasonal allergies are often caused by tree pollen in the early spring. During the late spring and early summer, grass pollen often cause symptoms.
Allergies caused by mold are also often seasonal, as outdoor mold spores begin to increase as temperatures rise in the spring. Molds are tiny fungi related to mushrooms but without stems, roots or leaves and can be found almost anywhere, including soil, plants and rotting wood. Their spores float in the air, much like pollen, according to the AAAAI.
Listed are some simple steps to limit your exposure to the pollen or molds that cause seasonal allergic reactions and symptoms:
- Visit your doctor or allergist and follow directions to any allergy medications prescribed.
Keep your windows closed at night and, if possible, use air conditioning, which cleans, cools and dries the air.
- Try to stay indoors when the pollen or mold counts are high. If your symptoms are severe, wear a pollen mask if long periods of exposure are unavoidable. When you return indoors, take a shower, shampoo your hair and change clothes.
- Avoid being responsible for mowing lawns or raking leaves – this stirs up pollen and molds. Also avoid hanging sheets or clothes outside to dry.
- When traveling by car, keep your windows closed.
To check the pollen and mold levels in your area, click here and visit the AAAI’s National Allergy Bureau.
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