Sun, beautiful weather, blooming colorful flowers, and green grass herald the end of winter and the beginning of spring. However, not everyone is looking forward to spring because spring allergies affect millions of people around the world.
Allergies are caused by the body’s overreaction to normally harmless substances and can be caused by mold, dust, insects, certain foods or pollen.
The most common cause of seasonal allergies is pollen. Where you live can significantly affect the onset and end of seasonal allergies and the severity of your allergic reaction. Spring allergies can start in February in warmer regions and last until summer.
Allergies are exacerbated on dry, sunny and windy days. Dry, sunny days are ideal conditions when trees release pollen, which means there will be more pollen in the air. On windy days, pollen spreads more in the air, which can worsen allergies. Stormy and rainy days are best for allergy sufferers because heavy rain washes pollen from the air, providing temporary relief.
SYMPTOMS OF ALLERGY
Allergies are generally manifested by a runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing. Common allergy symptoms include dark circles under the eyes, aging eyes, swelling of the sinuses, stuffy nose, and tingling in the nose and throat.
Less common allergy symptoms include headache, facial pain, earache, and loss or decreased sense of smell.
There is no cure for spring allergies, but there are several ways to relieve symptoms. Avoid introducing pollen into your home by removing and washing your clothes as soon as you enter your home. Do not wear shoes inside the house. Wash anything you’ve worn outside before wearing it again. Also, avoid drying your clothes outside as the pollen will easily settle in the fibers and cause symptoms when you wear them later.
Keep windows closed to prevent pollen from entering the home, especially in the morning when pollen levels are at their highest. Change bedding as often as possible and clean dust, floors, furniture and curtains.
If you have pets that you take outside, use a damp towel to remove pollen from their fur. Skip outdoor exercise in the morning because pollen levels are highest in the morning. Exercise indoors or exercise outside in the evening. Also, wear a hat or cap as your hair can store a lot of pollen.
7 SITUATIONS THAT CAN EXPAND ALLERGIES
Apart from pollen, there are also daily habits that can worsen the condition of spring allergies.
Fruits and vegetables
If you suffer from spring allergies or have a pollen allergy, you may experience oral allergic syndrome, a type of food allergy that is limited to the mouth and throat. You may have problems consuming some fruits and vegetables due to this condition, also called pollen-food allergy. Studies have shown that one-third of people with pollen allergies also experience this syndrome.
This syndrome is caused by protein found on the surface of some raw foods, such as apples, pears, and tomatoes. Pollen and food proteins are close together, so your body thinks you ingested pollen. This often leads to symptoms such as itching and coughing in the throat and mouth. Avoiding these foods or peeling and cooking them can help reduce this allergy.
When pollen levels rise, it is recommended to wear glasses. The reason is very simple; if the pollen catches your eye, it stays there, so you could have even more problems. Soft contact lenses are particularly susceptible to the absorption of airborne irritants, such as pollen or smoke, due to their permeability. If you’re used to contacting lenses and don’t want to replace them with glasses, you can use disposable lenses that you change every day, thus avoiding pollen accumulation.
Perfumes and Candles
Anything added to perfume can irritate the eyelid and nasal mucosa, and this includes perfume, scented candles, and incense. Whether you’re in a store or walking down the street, it’s almost impossible to avoid the smells outside. But your best bet is to remove them from your home.
Add allergy issues to the long list of smoking-related health issues. Whether it’s regular or secondhand smoke, experts warn of the negative impact of tobacco smoke on people with allergies. The adverse effects of tobacco smoke on the respiratory tract can lead to worsening of allergies, so it is recommended that exposure be kept to a minimum.
Even swimming in a chlorinated pool or sitting nearby can be bad for your allergy. But if you think that indoor pools can solve the problem because they are not outdoors where pollen is present, you may be disappointed. Indoor pools are worse than outdoor pools because the chlorine stays in a small area, so it’s best to avoid both types of pools.
Alcohol, and especially red wine, can worsen allergy symptoms. Some people are very sensitive to sulfites, which are natural compounds found in both beer and wine that exacerbate allergy symptoms.