Control of spring allergies, also called allergic rhinitis, is becoming a priority for individuals sensitive to seasonal allergens such as pollen, dust or lint poplar.
If the onset of the hot season will cause eye irritation, nasal congestion or skin irritation, the following tips are essential to the arrival of spring.
Detection of spring allergies
Many people experiencing increased discomfort caused by contact with allergens do not know they have, in fact, a seasonal allergy. This condition prevalent among billions of people around the world has a significant genetic component, and is often inherited in the family.
Most allergies develop in childhood, but it is possible to install them later in life through exposure to certain environmental factors that trigger excessive immune reactions.
Among the most frequent allergens include specific spring
- Trees, grass and pollen;
- Mold spores;
- Hair of the dog, cat or rodent.
Seasonal Allergies are not only bothersome. Asthma, for example, is often stimulated by allergies (even if not all allergic people suffer from this condition ). Poor control of spring allergy symptoms can lead to the onset of asthma, extremely dangerous and potentially fatal.
Since there is extremely wide range of possible allergens spring can be difficult to identify those that act every case. For this reason, it becomes necessary to perform a skin allergy test that determines precisely stimulants unpleasant allergic reactions.
Control spring allergies
That identify those allergens that affect health is not enough for effective control of symptoms. Your doctor may recommend antihistamines to alleviate allergic reactions and saline nasal drops or nasal sprays with steroids to treat congestion.
Use eye drops based on antihistamines (also called decongestant drops ), which not only treat the redness, but will escape and excessive lacrimation.
Around spring allergies were created and a number of myths about possible remedies effective in controlling symptoms. Some of these are:
- Honey treats allergies. Some people believe that honey is a natural remedy for seasonal allergies, but this is not true only for pollen allergies. If you have a sensitivity to other environmental factors, consumption of honey will help strengthen immunity.
- Allergic reactions can occur on the beach. It is true that the beaches will exhibit less pollen than a forest, but nevertheless, their proximity vegetation can recover the full field, especially if you remove the water.
- The flowers produce the allergic reactions. False, say experts. Very few patients have allergic reactions when exposed under a bouquet of flowers. Pollen produced by trees, grass and weeds is usually the culprit.
- Climate change cure allergies. Another myth dismantled by experts is moved to a different climate regions treats allergies. In fact, exposure to new environmental factors temporarily relieves symptoms, then they return to the same intensity after a period of adjustment.
- Allergies pass by itself with time. Some children are encouraged adults believing it would cure allergy once they grow up. Medical statistics say, however, opposite a hospital in Sweden monitored 82 patients with allergic rhinitis and found that 99 % of them still had symptoms after 12 years. Only 39 % experienced small improvements in allergic reactions.
- Only indoor mold spores trigger allergies. Unfortunately, mold spores are found everywhere in the external environment, increasing the ground, fallen leaves of trees or rotten wood, especially when the weather is wet. If in winter, mold spores are not active, they spring back to life, increasing the plants have survived the winter.
- Hay fever is caused by a fan. Although the name suggests otherwise popular allergic rhinitis, allergy spring is triggered by contact with the fan and not manifested by fever. Hay fever is triggered by trees, grass and plant pollen and mold spores.
- Allergies only begins in childhood. Even though their first manifestations debuts early age, allergies can occur in adulthood, especially in changing living environment or exposure to allergens us.
- Injections for allergies are dangerous. Experts say that while allergies can not be cured completely, they can be successfully treated by administering injections ( immunotherapy ). People with aggressive allergic reactions can reap significant benefits from this treatment. Some patients manage that by regular injections to become resistant to certain allergens. The results are seen, but in time.
- In general, the best way to combat spring allergies is to stay away from allergens that will cause unpleasant reactions.
- Stay at home in dry weather and windy days when pollen concentrations in the air are the highest;
- Avoid activities that will expose gardening allergens factors;
- Change street clothes as soon as you get home, they can easily attach pollen, lint, dust mites and other allergens from the environment;
- Do not dry clothes outdoors, especially linen or towels because they absorb airborne allergens;
- Wear a respirator when you expose dust (by cleaning the yard, for example );
- Close doors and windows during the night (when pollen concentrations are high );