Disturbing symptoms of spring allergy prevented
The chances of developing allergies increase with the advent of spring, due to the scattering and spread of pollen from trees, which can lead to allergic rhinitis.
In the following lines, "JhnsWashington Health Champions Post" explains a set of tips that will help prevent spring allergies.
Common causes of allergies in spring
- An allergen is any substance that provokes an abnormal immune response during which the body fights a harmless perceived threat.
- The pollen grains released by trees and other plants during the springtime are a common allergen, which can be easily inhaled as fine particles drifting in the air.
- Mold spores are also a common cause of allergies that begin in the spring and continue into the fall.
Spring allergy symptoms
Symptoms of spring allergy include:
- Nasal congestion.
- Runny nose.
- Eyes watery and itchy.
- Itching in the mouth or throat.
- Breathing difficulty.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says children between the ages of 12 and 17 are especially at risk.
Furthermore, seasonal allergies may increase the incidence or severity of respiratory symptoms in adults and children with asthma.
Spring allergy prevention tips
There are a number of precautions that must be taken to reduce the risk of exposure to springtime allergies, including the following:
- Regularly reviewing the weather news.
- Stay at home in case of bad weather and the presence of winds carrying pollen.
- Use an air purifier to remove airborne particles.
- Close the windows and use the air conditioner if necessary.
- Close the car windows while driving, and use the air conditioner.
- Use a vacuum cleaner, which in turn sucks up pollen and other allergens, such as dander.
- Take a shower before bed to get rid of pollen from clothes or hair.
- Avoid drying clothes outside, as pollen can easily settle into the fibers.
spring allergy treatment
Some medications prescribed by a medical professional help relieve seasonal allergy symptoms, or calm the body's response to airborne allergens, most notably oral antihistamines, a chemical produced by the body that causes allergy symptoms.
Also, over-the-counter nasal decongestants are available in oral formulations and nasal drops, which provide short-term relief by causing the blood vessels in the nose to constrict.
Nasal steroid sprays reduce swelling and mucus production in the nasal passages.
Eye drops can be used to treat symptoms of eye allergy.