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| Welcome to the March edition of the National Allergy E-Mail Newsletter! This month we will address some Pollen Facts and Avoidance Strategies so you can make it through spring allergy season with fewer symptoms. My home city, Atlanta, was recently rated the forth worst city for asthma sufferers. A number of factors contribute to these rankings, and among them are environmental allergens, like pollen, which are so prevalent here in the spring and fall. But, even if you don't live in Atlanta (or one of the other worst cities for asthma - Scranton, Richmond, and Philadelphia) you must still contend with pollen and other allergens this spring. I hope the following strategies will help you navigate the pollen season more comfortably.|
In This Month's Issue:
Katie Weaver & The National Allergy Newsletter Team
Pollen Facts & Avoidance Strategies
What Are Seasonal Allergies?About 36 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. With spring just around the corner, so are the familiar symptoms that so many of us deal with - sneezing, runny nose, congestion, and red, itchy or watery eyes.
Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis, which is also known as Hay Fever (or Pollinosis), happens during specific flowering periods when plants are shedding their pollen. People with rhinitis are sensitive to airborne allergens, so their immune systems mistakenly identify pollen as an intruder, much like bacteria or a virus. Once the body has identified a particular allergen as an intruder, it produces antibodies specific to that allergen and sends them to line the lungs, throat, nose, eyes, skin, and stomach. In the future, when that allergen enters the allergic person's body, it attaches to the antibodies and triggers the release of histamine. This release of histamine is what causes allergy symptoms. To find out more about the body's response to allergens, read this article by Lois Turley, RN, from our learning library.
Many pollen allergy sufferers have or develop year-round allergen sensitivities to things like mold spores, dust mite allergen and pet dander. This is termed Perennial Rhinitis and for millions it means spring-like symptoms all year round. Our Learning Library contains lots of strategies for controlling those common rhinitis culprits like dust mite allergen, pet dander and mold. But in this month's letter, I want to specifically address pollen.
Pollen 101Pollens are the male reproductive cells of plants. The troubling pollens for allergy sufferers are those of trees, grasses and weeds as opposed to flowering plants. That's because flowering plants depend on insects to carry their heavy, waxy pollen granules from plant to plant. This means that the dreaded yellow film covering cars and sidewalks during the spring shouldn't cause the reaction that other pollens do. The yellow stuff is pine pollen and it's too large and sticky to become airborne for long periods of time.
It is actually the pollen that you can't see that can be the most irritating. In early spring, the main culprits are tree pollens like hickory, elm and oak. Late summer and fall is when weed and grass pollen comes on the scene. Many of these are even lighter and more likely to be airborne than spring's tree pollens. Unfortunately, most people who are allergic to pollen are sensitive to several different types, so if you had a rough season last fall, you may need to take heed of some of our avoidance strategies for this spring.
Pollen CountsLocal news stations and news services are starting to announce pollen count information, depending on where you live. A pollen count represents the concentration of all the pollen (or a particular type if noted) in the air in a certain area at a specific time. The measurement is expressed in grains of pollen per square meter of air collected over 24 hours. There are several sources to find these counts for your area. For example, the National Allergy Bureau website reports daily pollen concentrations and types by region.
Peak times for pollen vary by region of the country. The further north you are, the later your area's pollinating period and allergy season will begin. So, our subscribers in the northern United States may be waiting until April before pollen and allergies are a severe nuisance. For those of you in a southern state like me, start watching those pollen counts now and plan your pollen-avoidance strategy.
Avoidance StrategiesIf you and your doctor have identified pollen as one of your allergy sensitivities, there are many ways to go about finding relief. For seasonal rhinitis, many physicians prescribe steroid nasal sprays for short-term relief. Other prescribed and over the counter the drugs can be beneficial to deal with the onslaught of allergy symptoms; however, they can be pricey, and many can cause side effects that, personally, I find frustrating.
Avoiding Pollen Outdoors.
Allergen filter masks are a must if you love to be outside, but hate the wheezing and runny nose of spring. National Allergy has a Lightweight Silk Mask that is breathable, washable and great for preventing the inhalation of pollen. Our Disposable Dust and Pollen Masks should also be a springtime staple for various activities in and around the house.
Avoiding Pollen Indoors.
HEPA air cleaners can greatly reduce the allergen count in rooms. The IQ Air HealthPro and HealthPro Plus are also very popular, and were recently featured again on ABC's Extreme Home Makeover for their ability to remove airborne particles. The HealthPro Plus has extra filtration media for the removal of chemicals and gasses like cooking odors and smog.
Pollen can sneak into your home in a variety of ways. If you have pets, limit their time outdoors and give them more frequent baths to control the amount of pollen they track into the house on their fur. Washing them with Anti-Allergen Pet Shampoo will also help control the dander. Quick Bath Pet Wipes are another fast, easy solution for removing pollen and dander from your pets. Also remember that during a day of activities, you've probably been attracting pollen, too. So be sure to shower and wash your clothes more frequently... just don't dry them outdoors or they'll catch more of those airborne granules!
Seasonal Allergy ReliefWhile practicing avoidance, chances are that you will still be affected occasionally by airborne pollen. For finding seasonal allergy relief, try some of these non-drug solutions:
There is indeed a lot to contend with during spring allergy season. Hopefully this month's tips will be helpful as you practice pollen avoidance and find natural relief. Next month, we'll get specific about nasal irrigation methods and techniques, and why washing the nose is an important practice to follow.
This information is for educational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor first about your specific condition, treatment options and other health concerns you may have.
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