Why do people have seasonal allergies?
Allergy season ahead! Sounds brutal right?
Did you know Seasonal allergies are also referred to as Hay fever or allergic rhinitis.
What do we mean?
Allergies are your body’s reaction to substances that your immune system fallaciously identifies as deleterious, As we grow older, our immune system becomes frail incorporating hyperallergic reactions. Sounds disturbing but most people experiencing allergies later in life had a previous allergic episode that they may not remember.
We know that consuming honey can build us immunity to local allergy and flower pollens are actually one of the least common allergens but what triggers the seasonal allergies are
- pollens from trees,
- weeds, etc.
When it comes to seasonal allergies it’s best to be pro-active and keep a consistent treatment plan to manage the symptoms.
Let’s talk about Why?
There’s a chance of 50-50 that we can inherit this seasonal intolerance from our parents by the allergic gene. But it can also depend on the environment with blooming plants.
When an allergen gets inside the body the immune system goes into defense mode and emits a chemical called histamine which results in symptoms. The symptomatic are
- Stuffy/Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- shortness of breath,
Symptoms occurring in the spring-summer and fall when pollen grains are released to fertilize other plants. Increase in CO2 levels and temperature rise, the potency of pollens escalates resulting in intense allergy season due to climate change
Treatments like antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal corticosteroids can help us manage this allergy, but pinpoint the best treatment by visiting your doctors where they will scratch the surface of your skin with copious allergens, if you are allergic then it will result in a small red bump. They will also prefer a blood test where they will measure the IgE. So always prefer being sanitized and tidy.