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Spring arrives with a sneezy vengance

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The common complaint held about spring amongst a large portion of the population is invariably allergies. As the trees start to bloom and Mother Nature once again graces the area with rebirth and beautiful hues of green and bright vibrant flowers, so too comes the yellow pollen that has many wishing they could scratch their eyes out to get some relief from the itching and watery eyes and sneezing that are a price we pay for the transition from winter to spring.

Although there is no magic cure for these irritating allergies, there are several solutions to help combat them from household means to medications and precautions. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's Web site, over 35 million American suffer from allergies.

Pollen is the largest trigger for these pesky allergies. The tiny grains are released into the air by nearly everything that is becoming green, from grass to trees and weeds. Contrary to what many may think, the irritating yellow dusty substance does have a very beneficial need to the environment, fertilizing plants. When these tiny grains get into the nose of an allergic person, the immune system mistakes the particles as an invader and releases antibodies, commonly used to attack things such as bacteria, viruses and other things that cause illness. When they antibodies attack the allergens in the pollen, the human body releases histamines and these are the real enemies that trigger those symptoms such as runny noses and sneezing and can trigger or irritate asthma.

Many allergies can be treated simply with over the counter antihistamines such as Benadryl. Decongestants are also helpful as well as nasal sprays. In some cases shots are required if the case is severe. They normally relive symptoms for a much longer time frame, even years.

Precautions are also very helpful in the reduction of symptoms. Many Web sites offer local pollen counts and if possible, when the numbers are highest, it is best to stay indoors during the peak times, especially the mornings. Using an air purifier and keeping windows shut during these times is also very helpful to allergy sufferers. By cleaning air filters more frequently during times when the pollen count is higher, more allergans are left outdoors, rather than in the home.

Another option many allergy sufferers don't think of is taking a shower after coming in from the outdoors. Pollen collects both on skin and clothing. Even if it is a quick rinse off and change of clothes, the pollen is removed from the body and will eleviate some of the suffering.

By vacuuming more frequently, allergans are also sucked up and not permitted to accumulate in carpets and on furniture. Some doctors say to wear a mask when vacuuming and dusting to avoid stirring up the allergans and making the symptoms worse.

Regardless of the severity of the allergies, it is no doubt they are a necessary evil . When looking out the window in the summer at the beautiful trees and enjoying the fruits and vegetables from a garden, the allergies might just seem to finally be worth the trouble.

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