Spring allergies: where do they come from and how to fight them?

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For many of us spring is synonymous with longer days, milder temperatures, beautiful landscapes but for others it is the beginning of the dreaded seasonal allergies. Sneezing, irritated eyes, asthma attacks, etc. How to avoid them? Let’s take a closer look.

Spring allergies: the main cause

Pollen is the main trigger of spring allergies. They are actually male cells of certain plants.

These plants release tiny grains of pollen into the air to fertilize other plants and that’s where they are breathed in by allergy sufferers whose immune defenses are racing!

The immune system mistakenly sees pollen as a hazard and releases antibodies that attack the allergens.

This causes chemicals called histamines to be released into the blood. These trigger runny nose, itchy eyes, cough, etc.

Transported by the wind, pollen can travel for miles, so it’s not just about the plants in your neighborhood.

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Are spring allergies dangerous?

The allergic reaction is not dangerous. However, it can affect quality of life and cause irritability, sleep disturbances or even fatigue.

Our advice to avoid spring allergy

  • Stay indoors when pollen counts are very high. Generally, the peak is reached in the morning.
  • Keep your doors and windows closed in the spring to keep allergens out. An air purifier can also help you.
  • Clean your apartment’s air filters, shelves, vents, and other places where pollen can collect often.
  • Rinse your hair after going out, as allergens can lodge there.a
  • Vacuum twice a week. Wear a mask, as the vacuum cleaner can stir up pollen, mold and dust. Wear a pollen mask if you do outdoor chores.
  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after a good rain, as it helps remove pollen from the air.
  • Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening tasks.
  • When you get home, change your clothes.
  • Don’t hang your laundry outside, as pollen can stick to sheets and towels.
  • Wear sunglasses to reduce the risk of pollen exposure!

Spring allergies: when should you consult a doctor?

For many people, avoiding pollen and taking over-the-counter medications is enough to relieve symptoms. But if not, make an appointment with your doctor for a consultation.

If you have severe seasonal allergies, your doctor may recommend that you have skin tests or labs to determine exactly which allergens are triggering these symptoms.

Testing can help determine what steps you can take to avoid getting sick and identify the most effective treatments for you.

For some people, the injection of allergens called allergen immunotherapy may be THE solution. Also known as desensitization, this treatment involves regularly injecting tiny amounts of the substances causing your allergies.

Over time, the immune system’s response wanes. For some allergies, treatment can be given as tablets under the tongue.

For many of us spring is synonymous with longer days, milder temperatures, beautiful landscapes but for others it is the beginning of the dreaded seasonal allergies. Sneezing, irritated eyes, asthma attacks, etc. How to avoid them? Let’s take a closer look.

Spring allergies: the main cause

Pollen is the main trigger of spring allergies. They are actually male cells of certain plants.

These plants release tiny grains of pollen into the air to fertilize other plants and that’s where they are breathed in by allergy sufferers whose immune defenses are racing!

The immune system mistakenly sees pollen as a hazard and releases antibodies that attack the allergens.

This causes chemicals called histamines to be released into the blood. These trigger runny nose, itchy eyes, cough, etc.

Transported by the wind, pollen can travel for miles, so it’s not just about the plants in your neighborhood.

Are spring allergies dangerous?

The allergic reaction is not dangerous. However, it can affect quality of life and cause irritability, sleep disturbances or even fatigue.

Our advice to avoid spring allergy

  • Stay indoors when pollen counts are very high. Generally, the peak is reached in the morning.
  • Keep your doors and windows closed in the spring to keep allergens out. An air purifier can also help you.
  • Clean your apartment’s air filters, shelves, vents, and other places where pollen can collect often.
  • Rinse your hair after going out, as allergens can lodge there.a
  • Vacuum twice a week. Wear a mask, as the vacuum cleaner can stir up pollen, mold and dust. Wear a pollen mask if you do outdoor chores.
  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after a good rain, as it helps remove pollen from the air.
  • Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening tasks.
  • When you get home, change your clothes.
  • Don’t hang your laundry outside, as pollen can stick to sheets and towels.
  • Wear sunglasses to reduce the risk of pollen exposure!

Spring allergies: when should you consult a doctor?

For many people, avoiding pollen and taking over-the-counter medications is enough to relieve symptoms. But if not, make an appointment with your doctor for a consultation.

If you have severe seasonal allergies, your doctor may recommend that you have skin tests or labs to determine exactly which allergens are triggering these symptoms.

Testing can help determine what steps you can take to avoid getting sick and identify the most effective treatments for you.

For some people, the injection of allergens called allergen immunotherapy may be THE solution. Also known as desensitization, this treatment involves regularly injecting tiny amounts of the substances causing your allergies.

Over time, the immune system’s response wanes. For some allergies, treatment can be given as tablets under the tongue.

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