Making Seasonal Allergies Out-of-Season

There’s a line in a song saying” it’s the most wonderful time of the year…” especially the much awaited Yuletide is coming soon. Most countries in the western hemisphere have changing seasons that brings a different ambience, weather and mood but it does bring seasonal allergies too.

Seasonal allergies happen when seasons change and people start having allergic reactions When seasons change, the wind coming from far places usually carries with it pollen from trees, grasses and weeds. Trees that commonly cause seasonal allergies are oak, olive, elm, birch, ash, hickory, poplar, sycamore, maple, cypress and walnut. Usually, plants are pollinated by bees such as flowers but wild plants like grasses and weeds pollinate due to the wind. These long-travelling pollens are commonly found in the air during spring or fall As the pollens become airborne, people begin sneezing, coughing, have itchy red watery eyes and trigger other related disorders such as hay fever, eye allergies and even allergic asthma. Typically, pollen allergies happen mostly in the morning when wind is much stronger. This typically happens frequently during springtime.

Seasonal allergies are also experienced during summertime. The main culprit for such allergy are grasses. When it's summer, homeowners regularly cut grass or mow the lawn then the wind spreads the grass pollen easily. In fact, many individuals experience itchiness when their skin comes in contact with grass causing hives which is known as urticaria. Pollen is the main reason behind seasonal allergies whether it came from grass, trees or weeds.
How can we prevent exposure to pollen?

Since pollen triggers seasonal allergies, it is smart to avoid exposure to pollen by doing the following:

1. Always lock your windows so air would not bring in pollen.

2. Reduce outdoor activities especially between 5am to 10am when pollen is abundant in the air

3. Try taking a vacation in areas where pollen is low such as the beach

4. |Use a machine dryer for your beddings and linens instead of hanging them outside

5. Don't leave car windows open when travelling especially on highways.

6. Hire help in cutting the grass in your lawn to avoid exposure to grass.

Indeed, knowing the cause of seasonal allergies can enhance prevention of seasonal allergies for you and your loved ones

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