by C. Markus on March 12th, 2012 at 7:00 am
Spring is a welcome time of year for many; trees start to bloom and the snow starts to melt. However, with the beauty come troublesome seasonal allergies. In fact, each year around 35 million people fall victim to hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, as it’s medically known.
Allergic rhinitis is defined as the collection of symptoms mostly in the eyes and nose that occurs when you breathe in something you are allergic to. It is known as hay fever when it is caused by an outdoor trigger such as pollen or dust.
So what causes spring allergies? The most prominent reason for these allergies is pollen. Pollen is a fine powder released by trees, grasses, and weeds for the purpose of fertilization. This pollen finds its way into our noses, which is when problems can arise. Our bodies think this pollen is a foreign invader, and in turn, releases antibodies. These antibodies attack the pollen and release histamine, this is what makes our noses run and causes other allergy symptoms.
Symptoms that occur soon after an allergen is inhaled can include:
Symptoms that develop over time can include:
Here are some tips to avoid spring allergies:
- Wash your hands after being outdoors
- Stay inside from 5am-10am, as these are peak pollen hours
- Drive with your car windows closed
- Keep your house windows closed
- Take a shower and change your clothes after an extended period outdoors
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