Managing Pollen Allergies

Pollen and Airborne AllergiesMost people love spring as the days get longer and warmer, the trees and plants start to show their leaves and flower buds. They are anxious to get outdoors and take advantage of the spring glory.

However, at least 10% of all Canadians and Americans suffer from pollen allergies. To them, spring is a season of absolute misery. Instead of getting outdoors and enjoying the sun and fun, they are trapped indoors trying to avoid airborne pollen.

Pollen is made of microscopic male cells of a flowering plant. Pollen is spread through the air to fertilize plants and tree flowers during the spring, summer and fall. Pollen is  inhaled and causes mild to intense allergic reactions in some people.

Common symptoms experienced by people with tree or flower pollen allergy include watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion and an itchy throat. Asthma can also be triggered or worsen by pollen allergies, it can also result to other problems like ear infection and sinus infection in children.

The symptoms of pollen allergy can sometimes be mistaken as cold symptoms, but they are completely different. Cold symptoms are characterized by thick nasal secretions, sore throat, fever and hoarseness of voice. Cold symptoms usually go away within a few days.

Symptoms of pollen allergies are usually experienced by people during spring and early summer. If you are having these allergy symptoms all year round, then you may be suffering from other allergies that could be found in your home like to animal dander or dust mites.

The following are some ways to help you limit or avoid being exposed to pollen.

  • Always keep your outside doors and windows closed during pollen seasons.
  • Try to use air-conditioning instead of window and attic fans to cool your home.
  • Roll up your car windows while driving.
  • Plan to have a vacation in a place where there is less pollen like in the beach. Avoid going outdoors early in the morning because this is the time when pollen is high.
  • If you need to go outside during pollen season, don’t forget to wear sunglasses to prevent the pollen from going in your eyes.
  • Remove your clothes immediately when you come inside, take a shower and wash your hair to remove any pollen.
  • Use a dryer when drying your clothes and beddings, avoid hanging them outside.
  • Wear a mask if you have to mow your lawn or rake the leaves during pollen season.


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