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. Majority of countries located in the western hemisphere have changing seasons that ushers a different ambience, weather and mood as well as seasonal allergies too.

Seasonal allergies happen when seasons change and people start having allergic reactions When seasons change, the air changes that comes along with breeze that brings pollen from tree s, grasses and weeds. Trees known for causing seasonal allergies are oak, olive, elm, birch, ash, hickory, poplar, sycamore, maple, cypress and walnut. Typically, plants are pollinated by bees like flowers but other plants like grasses and weeds pollinate when the wind spreads the pollens. These long-travelling pollens are scattered in the air especially 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. Normally, pollen allergies are abundant in the morning when wind is much stronger. This typically happens frequently during springtime.

Seasonal allergies are also common during summertime. The main reason behind such allergy are grasses. During this period, homeowners often cut grass or mow the lawn so air can spread the grass pollen easily. In fact, alot of people feel itchyas soon as their skin comes in contact with grass causing hives which is known as urticaria. Whether pollens come from trees, grass or weeds, they are the main triggers of seasonal allergies
How can we reduce exposure to pollen?

Because pollen is the main culprit behind 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. Avoid going outside during the morning since pollen is airborne between 5am to 10am.

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

4. Dry all clothes and beddings in a machine dryer 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