how to manage pollen allergies

A case of the sniffles has taken on a whole new meaning over the last year with the onset of the disease known as covid. And while science is in a race to figure out how it can help people who catch this virus, there is another medical issue that really can’t be remedied with a vaccine, and that’s seasonal or pollen allergies.

Every year millions of people suffer from seasonal pollen allergies, so it’s important to understand the causes and what can be done to alleviate the symptoms.

For starters, it’s helpful to understand when you can suffer from pollen allergies. In fact, it’s probably easier to figure out when you can’t, because as it turns out, pollen is around for a good portion of the year, especially as you move in climates that are more temperate year-round. Warm weather, longer days, blossoming plants and flowers, all that equals more pollen.

Seasonal and pollen allergy symptoms include typical signs you see in other types of allergies: sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, itchy throat, and eyes.

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And really, there aren’t many plants that don’t pose a risk for pollen. It’s fine and powdery and usually yellow and is necessary for plants and flowers to be able to grow and bloom and create new plants and flowers. But because it’s so fine – almost microscopic, it seems – it is plenty easy for the wind that often accompanies warmer days to pick it up and transfer it to wherever you are, be it walking in the park or walking outside.

Like we said, almost all plants and flowers have pollen, but that list also includes trees and grasses, and weeds. And pollen allergies may be part of the reason that almost 20 million Americans find themselves suffering from allergies. Some estimates say that nearly 8 percent of Americans must endure hay fever.

Just as the plants that cause pollen allergies are diverse, so too are the symptoms of a pollen allergy. Mostly, though, you’ll notice those symptoms in your eyes, nose, and mouth. Those openings to the outside world are also the openings by which pollen enters your body and where your immune system then needs to kick into overdrive in order to counteract it. That may lead to sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose, itchy throat, itchy eyes, and stuffed-up nasal passages.

Why do you suffer from pollen allergies?

One reason could be due to your genes. Another reason can be because of your age; some people get pollen allergies in their 20s. If you have something like asthma, you may also be more likely to develop symptoms of pollen allergy.

So now that you know what a pollen allergy is and when you might get it, what can you do about it so that you’re less miserable but can still enjoy the blooming world? This graphic from Zyrtec offers information about pollen allergy, pollen allergy symptoms, and what you can do to manage your pollen allergies.

Pollen Allergy Guide. How to Manage Pollen Allergies. Infographic. 1
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