Spring is in the air, and so is everything else
Ah Spring. The snow is melting, the trees are budding, the flowers are blooming, everywhere you look life is starting to come out of hibernation. It is a beautiful time of year . But, it also has its down sides, the sidewalks are muddy, garbage once lost in snow is unearthed and pollen is everywhere.
If you're like me, and so many other people, right now you're feeling like spring isn't even worth the runny nose and itchy eyes.
So what is Pollen? And why does it cause you so much discomfort? Well, Pollen is a coarse power containing male compounds needed to pollinate the female cone of a flower. So why does it bother you? Just like a food allergy, when you breath in pollen your immune system is triggered by the foreign objects causing anti-body production, which bind with the mast cell causing a release of histamine. This release, causes the symptoms so many of us seasonal allergy suffers' feel.
- Running nose
- Watery Eyes
- General terrible feelings
So how do we combat something that is invisible to the naked eye? Something that we can't avoid like we do food allergens? Or get a warning before we do something?
Pollen is a silent allergen that may not be visible to you or I but there are people out there who can help you get your sense of smell back.
Well the truth is you can treat your seasonal allergy just like you do your food allergy. You can take certain precautionary steps to ensure you suffer as little as you can during the spring.
First, check your Local Pollen Count
Here, you will be able to see if your area will be experiencing high or low pollen amounts that day. By this, you can judge is it's a good idea to venture outside. And if you will need more medicine to combat the affects of the pollen. Know when pollen counts are at their highest and refrain from going out at that time.
Make sure it you do go out, to wash your clothes and self right away as you have now become a pollen carrier. Pets can also become pollen carriers as they are outside more. If it is necessary, wash them with pet friendly soap to help keep pollen out of your home. Although it may be energy efficient, hanging clothes outside can also cause Pollen to enter your home unknowingly. If you do go outside it may be a good idea to bring some extra clothes to change into. Also remember to wash your hands before touching your eyes or nose.
Next, if you're working outside in a garden or just cutting the grass, make sure you wear a mask, and clothes you don't bring inside.
Lastly, over the counter allergy medications such as Reactine, Claritin, Sudafed, Benadryl, and so many more. help combat the symptoms seasonal allergies cause. They will help lessen the dreadful feelings.
Seasonal Allergies can certainly put a drain on a great time of year. Spring is the season of new life, and new adventures so don't let your allergies hold you back. Take some time to learn what and when your allergies effect you most and combat them the best way you can. Just like a food allergy, you can take measures to ensure your safety.