Allergy Season Symptoms Fact or Fiction
Seasonal allergies can be a very difficult thing to deal with for anyone. There is a lot of misinformation about what causes seasonal allergies and how to manage them.
My son has some pretty heavy allergy season symptoms. I would like to share with you what I have found to be fact or fiction when it comes to seasonal allergies.
Here are some facts about allergy season symptoms.
FACT #1: Adults can develop new allergies
Everyone does have the ability to develop new allergies anytime. Nobody is immune to new allergy season symptoms. Allergies are a response your body has against unknown substances.
Especially, when we get older our immune system gets weaker. This means it's easier for your allergy season symptoms to trigger.
FACT #2: When older people get a new allergy and allergic reaction they usually had it at a younger age but forgot.
Many allergies remain dormant during childhood. These allergy season symptoms sometimes come back and give you a little surprise later in life. So, if you're feeling an itch or have a runny nose and feel it is not seasonal allergies it actually may be.
FICTION #1: Eating local honey can relieve your allergy season symptoms.
Unfortunately, this is a myth. There is no scientific proof that eating local honey helps reduce allergy season symptoms. The theory behind this myth is that local honey contains pollen causing your allergy symptoms. Some believe that eating this honey could build up your immunity as a vaccine would which is not true.
Flower pollen is not known to trigger allergies at all. The culprits are usually pollen from grass, trees, and weeds. These allergy-causing pollens are usually never found in unprocessed honey.
While honey tastes great and provides other health benefits. The quickest way for allergy relief is an over-the-counter medication.
FICTION #2: using a nasal spray for allergy season symptoms anytime is good for you.
Experts say those little bottles of nasal decongestion sprays can work great but could be bad if used for long periods of time. The prescribed nasal sprays contain chemicals that act as an anti-inflammatory. They shrink the enlarged blood vessels in your nose providing you with welcome relief.
Unfortunately, the nasal spray is like any drug or alcohol. After a few days of using the nasals spray, your blood vessels need to use more if it to find the same relief from your allergy symptoms.
Too much use can lead to chronic sinusitis which means your head and sinuses will feel inflamed for long periods of time.
If you find you are using too much prescribed nasal spray you may want to switch to a saline nasal spray that can clean your nose without the side effects.
FICTION #3: Your seasonal allergy symptoms or asthma can be cured.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for allergy symptoms and asthma. You can reduce the symptoms by following a good maintenance plan through prescribe medication.
My son had experienced severe asthma when he was a child. As a father, I couldn’t bear to see him wheezing and the long nights at the hospital took its toll. I found that reducing exposure to his spring season allergies was more effective than taking allergy medication.
Some of the allergy symptom relief tricks we used were:
- Stay inside the house on dry or very windy days.
- Stay away from polluted cities that have heavy PM2.5 pollution.
- If you do live in a polluted city use an air purifier at home at all times. Make sure this is a HEPA air purifier and not some other gimmicky air purifier.
- Wear a high-quality face mask when you go outdoors so you don’t inhale the pollen in the air.
- After being outside and entering your home take your clothes off to wash all the pollen off or dust so it does't trigger your seasonal allergy symptoms.
- Summer is a great time to dry clothes outdoors. When you do this your clothes gather pollen and dust that can trigger your allergy season symptoms after putting them on.
- If you have to do work outside wear an allergy mask or sometimes called a dust mask or pollen mask. Make sure it is a face mask that has been tested to filter out over 95% of PM2.5 particulates or smaller.
- Dust your home often and be sure to pick up the dust off the floor with a good HEPA vacuum cleaner.
- If it is allergy season be sure to keep your air dry by using a dehumidifier and also close all the windows to not let the pollen in.
These tips really helped me manage my son’s allergy season symptoms. After I implementing these my son is now able to live a very normal life and I hope you can do the same.
If you have any questions about allergies or my experience helping my son feel free to reach out to us at KandyMask.
One thing I do know is that without and good HEPA air purifier or a high-quality reusable mask his seasonal allergies in the spring would be much much worst.
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