Pollen is one of the most common triggers of an allergy or hay fever. It is a fine yellowish powder that fertilizes other plants. It’s carried by the wind, birds, insects or other animals. Due to its widespread reach, a pollen allergy is among the most common forms of allergies in the world. As a matter of fact, one in every five people in the world suffers from a pollen allergy.*
Trees, weeds and grasses are the some of the most common sources of allergenic pollen. Although pollen allergy is very unlikely to go away once developed, the symptoms can be treated by proper medication and allergy shots. Besides pollen, due to large number of stray animals, people are also at risk of being hypersensitive to dead skin cells (dander) from animals which can cause a dander allergy.Triggers
Most of the pollen that causes allergic reactions comes from trees, weeds and grasses. Some harmless proteins from a pet’s urine, saliva or dander can trigger a dander allergy. Seasonal changes can also trigger a pollen allergy as they play a key role in pollen count. Pollen count is the highest during spring and summer time.
Those who only suffer from a pollen allergy can experience, nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, itchy throat, or irritable eyes.
Minimize your outdoor activities as much as possible, especially during spring and summer. Change your clothes, bathe and wash your hair with shampoo daily after being outside for a significant period. Keep the windows closed during pollen season and dry your clothes in a cloth dryer instead of drying outside. You can also opt for non-sedative antihistamines like Fexofenadine, Loratadine, etc. to treat your allergy, but kindly consult your doctor for the right prescription.