Spring and the seasonal allergies
Spring season is about to come and we all are waiting to welcome it in full spirits but there are some unfortunate who suffer from seasonal allergies. The warm air is a welcome but it also acts as a carrier of air born pollens and mold spores. Sneezing, stuffy nose, and itching are some of the common symptoms. Hay fever is the most common and it is believed that millions of people worldwide are affected.
Allergies from the tree pollens:
There are some trees which could cause allergies as they produce small pollens which are dry and light and so are easily carried away in the spring breeze. Such could be the extent of allergy that a person could get repeated asthma attack. The trees which play culprit are oak, maple, elm. Cedar, birch, ash, cypress, walnut, hickory and poplar. These trees release pollen around this time of the year and hence the culprits. When the pollens are released, the allergic people would start coughing; sneezing and their eye would get red and become swollen. Only when there is some rain or it is partly cloudy, do the allergic feel better and relieved.
Allergies from the Mold spores:
Mold such as yeast and mildew are also believed to release pollens which get easily mixed in the air and thus cause allergic reactions. The molds could be found indoors and outdoors both. Inside your home the molds could be Aspergillus and Penicillium while the outdoor molds are Alternaria, Cladosporium.
How to prevent the allergies:
Prevention is the only cure against the allergies. You cannot confine yourself indoors. The only way is to control the allergy triggers.
- Keeping a handkerchief on your nose would help you prevent inhaling the pollens and the mold spores when you step outdoors.
- Do not dust or do the cleaning during the season but if it is not a viable option, tie a cloth around your nose and then begin.
- Whenever you have been exposed to pollens or mold spore, take a bath to get rid of them.
- Do not consider going countryside as there would be too much greenery and trees which could trigger the allergic reaction.
- If you have a garden, avoid cleaning and pruning the leaves. Also well before the season sets in cut down the weed, tree and mold.
- You should also try to keep the doors and windows closed as much possible.
- Also one could use allergy filters on the air conditioning unit.
- You would also get some help from keeping an eye on the regular pollen count.
- Wearing an eye protection would help check excess pollen from getting in to your eyes.
Remember that there is no permanent cure forms the seasonal allergies. You only need to be more alert and keep an eye on the allergy triggers. Your health after all is in your hands.