Allergology

Allergic to summer grass and flowers: how to help himself

In June begins the second stage of summer hay fever and allergic reactions to pollen. With early summer blooms wheat grass, nettle, aspen, sunflower and other plants that cause allergic reactions to their pollen. And in July-August will bloom a known allergen, like ragweed, then wormwood and goosefoot. Allergy to pollen of summer flowers, herbs and trees can be a stimulus for the development of allergic reactions to fruits or other products. It is therefore important not only to recognize the symptoms of pollinosis, but to be able to help themselves.

The dangerous summer seasonal allergies

If from year to year, about the same time after the beginning of mass flowering of plants a person has symptoms of a cold are runny nose, cough, sneezing, tearing, then most likely is a manifestation of seasonal pollinosis. In case of allergic reactions to pollen can also disturb itching nose, tongue and palate, the eye not only itch, but also blush, a cough and wheezing, skin rash red (urticaria).

If seasonal allergic reactions to ignored and not treated, the disease will progress and can lead to the development of allergic urticaria, asthma, until angioedema. It is an acute allergic reaction that develops rapidly and spread to the region of the larynx may lead to suffocation. Allergic to pollens of grasses, flowers and trees can cause frequent headaches, and the penetration of the allergen into the blood to cause joint pain. In addition, when seasonal allergies to pollen may be so-called cross-Allergy: citrus, fruit, sunflower seeds, medicines based on herbs, etc.

Diagnosis and treatment of seasonal summer allergies

To understand what exactly the plant causes an allergic reaction will help the allergist and specific skin test, blood tests, etc. it is Important to conduct such tests prior to the acute condition of the person when the allergen has not worked. But regardless, you know the “culprit” of allergic reactions or not, to avoid the harmful effects of the allergen is possible only by excluding contact with him. That is very difficult, because not everyone has the opportunity to change residence or to leave the area of mass flowering allergens, at least temporarily.

Therefore, to reduce allergic reaction to pollen, the doctor will prescribe medication, most of which is to take antihistamines. This drug, which action is based on inhibition in the human body histamine: the substance starts to separate in the blood when interacting with the allergen, which is contained in the inhaled pollen. The specialist will also recommend diet, lifestyle change, physiotherapy.

The pollen allergies: how to ease the condition

In addition to medical treatment, can alleviate the condition seasonal hay fever in the following ways:

  • observe careful hygiene in the room. Do not keep the Windows open during the day, especially in dry and hot weather, when the pollen along with the wind can get to the apartment. Conduct daily wet cleaning, remove household items, which collects dust, soft toys, carpets, cushions, etc. Use air-purifiers, air-conditioners (don’t forget to change the filters)
  • carefully follow the hygiene of the skin and nasopharynx. Among Allergy sufferers, the skin is more dry and sensitive, and with the beginning of seasonal allergies, it becomes even more problematic. So do not use perfumed shower gels, Soaps, household cleaning products. Thoroughly moisturize the skin using hypoallergenic (with neutral PH) care. Wear sunglasses to protect the eyes. Back from the street, immediately change clothes and take a shower. To wash away deposited in the nasopharynx pollen, it is useful to wash the nose with special solutions. Also for the prevention and treatment of allergies use inhalers and nebulizers
  • stick to the diet. Avoid fried, spicy and smoked people, products with food dyes, refrain from honey, tomatoes, nuts, sunflower seeds, carrots, alcohol.
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