It’s the peak of allergy season, since plants are awakening and releasing massive amounts of pollen into the air. Pollen is the biggest trigger of allergies. Trees, grasses, and weeds release these tiny grains into the air to fertilize other plants. The immune system mistakenly sees the pollen as a danger and releases antibodies that attack the allergens. That leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood. Histamines trigger the runny nose and itchy eyes.
Steps you can take to combat season allergies include:
- Identify and avoid your allergens
- Take antihistamines suggested by your health care provider
- Keep your windows closed, remove your shoes outside and bathe pets frequently to stop the spread of allergens inside the house
- Check the pollen count
- Don’t keep too many indoor plants because the soil serves as a place for mold to grow
- Pollen levels peak during morning hours and during hot, dry and windy days, so stay inside if possible
- Avoid spaces with mold, including basements, garages, and barns
- Wash your hair, take a shower, and change your clothes after you’ve been outside.
Writte by: Kristen Bissell
Edited by: Reshma Rathod, PT