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Symptoms of Allergies

Posted Nov 05 2010 5:01am


While spring suggests new beginnings in every way, this is time when the act of 'creation' comes to life, and is often the subject of themes surrounding renewal, rebirth and so on and so forth.

Almost every culture and religion has celebrated this time with events of their own, and perhaps have their own reasons surrounding the celebrations. And while some of these celebrations are to welcome the blooming of trees and plants in nature, with these developments comes an allergy that is related to pollination that although is prominent at this time of the year but during the other months as well.

And rather ironically this time of the year is also known as the allergy season… in particular due to pollen of plants and trees.

Pollen Allergy

The process of pollination begins the process of fertilization in other plants by traveling through the air, and are small particles that are released by the stamen (the male part of a plant) so that they can reach the pistil of a plant of a similar species.

Also known as rhinitis or hayfever, this allergy occurs when a person with a sensitized immune system inhales the pollen traveling through the air, thus triggering an immune response that involves the release of antibodies that attack harmless proteins (which are part of the pollen) that the person has been exposed to.

How to spot a pollen allergy

Symptoms such as Conjunctivitis, Wheezing, Watering eyes, Sore throat, Coughing, Fever, Stuffy nose (nasal congestion), Flushing, Headache, Impaired smell and taste, Itching eyes, mouth, skin, nose and throat, Nosebleeds, Plugged up ears, Sneezing, irritability, fatigue, and in extreme cases,  rashes and hives, are all indicators of this type of allergy, and can continue to affect people who are sensitive to it, since the pollen remains in the air for weeks and months.

One should look for a combination of these symptoms, BTW!

And almost anyone will agree when I say that this can be downright annoying especially if you do have a busy life (and who doesn't!).

Diagnosis and Treatment of Pollen Allergy

Also known as the RAST or allergy test,  the patient's blood is taken and tested for levels of IgE (immunoglobin) that has been triggered off by pollen. Of course, one should not neglect this allergy if it persists, and in meeting with a doctor, will this diagnosis take place.

While some allergy over-the-counter medication like Benadryl, Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec work well for those with a not-so-serious allergic reaction, one should visit an allergist as soon as the aforementioned symptoms persist.

In the case of dealing with a serious condition of pollen allergy, some doctors might resort to testing you and then giving you allergy shots to rectify the issue.

However, in the case of pollen allergy, prevention can go a long way to avoiding these issues from cropping up again and again by either staying indoors and keeping the windows closed, and since this cannot be possible all the time, one can also wear a face mask to prevent oneself from getting this pollen allergy.

In Closing

Staying indoors might really suck especially during the time of spring when everything is anew, so think about seriously getting one of those masks!

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