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SAN DIEGO, CA, May 01, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- It's spring and you know what that means...time for non-stop sneezing, watery eyes, and a stuffy nose. Unlike most people who are now enjoying the sunnier days, you are having trouble breathing normally due to the new plants bursting out of the ground. You know about pollen, but you can also be allergic to grass, ragweed, and mold, among other plants. Life shouldn't be about avoiding the outdoors because it makes you itchy! We've collected data to find out how to keep your body healthy, inside and out. You can check out Reviewy for more tips and tricks on maintaining a healthy, well-functioning body. So, what causes allergies? And how can you prevent them? Keep reading to find out.
What Are You Allergic To?
Throughout North America, allergy symptoms begin as early as February and can last until the beginning of the summer. This is due to grass as it being its pollination process in the springtime. Later on, a plant called ragweed begins flowering in the late summer and only stops blooming in November. However, depending on the weather, a warmer winter may cause plants to sprout earlier. Luckily as this winter is still ongoing (in April!), you shouldn't be bothered by allergies until later this month. However, due to the wetter, colder temperatures, mold growth is increased, which is bad news for those of us allergic to mold.
To find out what you're allergic to, you can:
- a skin prick test on your back or arm
- a skin injection in your arm
- a blood test
Each of these is different and will yield different results. Skin tests show almost immediate results, reactions appearing within twenty minutes after the allergen has been placed onto your skin. A delayed reaction could occur up to two days after, but this is unusual. Several allergies are tested at once for all of these methods. Having bloodwork done takes several more days for results, but you may need to do so instead of a skin test due to:
- a medication that may interfere with the results
- eczema or psoriasis will be exacerbated
- being too young; babies and toddlers especially
The skin tests do not hurt, but if you are allergic to something, you will develop large, itchy welts that may be painful while they are there. Luckily, after the skin test is over, the allergist quickly removes the allergen from your skin and it will no longer affect you.
What Causes My Allergies?
If you're thinking you're just allergic to "the springtime," you are partially correct. Plants and mold tend to flower and grow around the spring, causing the pollen, seeds and dust to cause allergic reactions when it reaches your lungs. Depending on your location, the weather, climate and elevation can all trigger allergic reactions.
Pay attention to:
- Rain; after the rain, pollen levels are raised
- Hot days and cooler nights help pollen spread
- Mold growth, stimulated with humidity and hot weather
- Wind; the more wind the high count of airborne pollen
- Evenings - they have a higher pollen count for flowering trees and grass
- Mornings - they have a higher ragweed pollen count
Once you know what you're allergic to, you can be more aware of the weather and climate to avoid your triggers.
How Can I Treat Allergies?
Now that you know what your allergies are and when to avoid being outside, what other treatments are there? It isn't realistic to assume you just won't go outside for the next five months, and allergies can even creep up on you in your own home, due to dust, mold, or pollen carried by the wind. Therefore, there is some research you can do and medications you can take to help ease your symptoms.
For pollen and mold allergies:
- Check the weather for pollen and mold counts.
- Keep windows and doors shut in your car or at home during allergy season.
- Go out more in the daytime in the spring and summer.
- Go out more in the evening to avoid ragweed pollen from August until November.
- Shower and change your clothes after spending a long time outside.
For other allergies:
If you have other allergies as well as seasonal, such as to pet dander, you can think about more comfortable options. These include:
- Taking an over-the-counter allergy medication like Claritin. These alleviate symptoms for 24 hours like a runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, and dry throat.
- Getting allergy shots (also called immunotherapy). These acclimate you to the allergy and can teach your body not to produce symptoms when exposed.
- Taking a turmeric supplement. Turmeric boosts your immunity, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and enhances antioxidation. This will help you feel better throughout the season.
Spring: It's Here!
Whether you're ready for it or not, spring is here and with it comes all the advantages as well as the disadvantages. If you know you are prone to allergies, make sure you are fully prepared with the right treatments in order to keep your body feeling its best. You no longer have to stay inside in the shade; go out and meet the day now that you know what you're up against.
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