All you need to know about pollen allergy.
What is pollen allergy?
Pollen is one of the most common triggers of seasonal allergies. Many people know pollen allergy as “hay fever.” Experts usually refer to pollen allergy as “seasonal allergic rhinitis.” Pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds are the most common cause of allergies and especially ragweed is a main cause of weed allergies.
What are the symptoms?
For people with allergies, pollen is an allergen that causes an allergic reaction. Their immune system treats the pollen as an invader and responds by mobilizing to attack by producing large amounts of antibody. This allergic reaction can cause the following symptoms: sneezing, runny nose, red watery eyes, itchy throat and eyes, wheezing, fatigue, and irritability.
Pollen isn’t just produced by flowering plants.
The plants that are most plain looking such as weeds and grasses, they tend to cause more allergy symptoms than the big, beautiful flowers. Why? That’s because the grasses and weeds have light, dry pollen that goes in the air. Whereas big flowers and trees which fertilized by insects, such as roses and cheery trees, they have heavy, sticky pollen, which only gets transmitted by insects, bees and butterflies. It’s not so much in the air.
Find out which type of pollen you are allergic to.
Even if you see a high pollen count, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be affected. There are many types of pollen — from different kinds of trees, from grass and from a variety of weeds. The best way to find out which type of pollen trigger your allergy is to through testing, an allergist can help you identify which pollens bring on your symptoms.
Pollen allergies can be prevalent through all the seasons.
Pollens spread by the wind. Spring is not the only allergy season, many plants pollinate year round. Where you live will determine the time and duration of your pollen season. Moving to another climate to avoid allergies is unfortunately not successful because allergens are virtually everywhere.
If you’re allergic to certain kinds of pollen, there are some food you might want to avoid.
Some fruits and vegetables have proteins that are similar to the aspect of pollen that causes allergies. They could trigger oral allergy syndrome, which could cause itchiness, numbness or tingling in your mouth:
- Ragweed pollen allergy: Avoid bananas, cucumbers, melons, sunflower seeds, zucchinis.
- Grass pollen allergy: Avoid celery, melons, oranges, peaches, tomatoes.
- Birch tree pollen allergy: Avoid apples, almonds, carrots, celery, cherries, hazelnuts, kiwis, peaches, pears, plums.
Pollen counts are lowest in the evening.
The amount of pollen in the air varies from day to day, as well as throughout the day, pay attention to the pollen count in your living area before you plan your outdoor activities might help. On an average day, pollen counts rise during the morning, peak about midday, and then gradually fall. So the lowest time is usually before dawn and in the late afternoon to early evening. Besides, weather factor also plays an important roll. Wind blows up pollen into the air, keeping counts high, while rain dramatically lowers airborne pollen.