Social media has been filled with posts about allegy complaints, along with countless check-ins to the emergency room. It’s official, spring is in the air and allergy season is among us. Allergies may sound harmless if you are not an allergy sufferer. And let’s not forget about the asthmatics who are having a tough time as well.
According to Consumer Affairs, “the spring of 2015 has the potential to become the worst allergy season ever.”
What has changed to cause this?
The combination of an abnormally warm fall and winter has caused stress upon the plants. Heat stress causes changes within a plant’s cellular structures, resulting in a decrease in the normal protiens needed to produce leaves. Ultimately, the plant produces more flowers and with more flowers comes more pollen.
Allergy symptoms are hitting us faster, and at a younger age. Oakley risident, Angelina Hernandez, 25, speaks on the experience she is currently having with her 3-year-old for the first time. “He has never had allergies and now he has watery eyes, a runny nose, cough, and has to use an inhaler for the first time.” Her son has had these syptoms for a month now and with medical help from the Oakland Children’s Hospital, they are just barely improving.
We may not be able to control the amount of pollen produced, and chances are, it will only worsen, but we can protect ourselves from it. Web MD gives a survival guide against pollen.
- Stay in doors on warm days
- Avoid opening the windows in your home and run the AC instead
- Plan your outdoor activities wisely as the highest pollinated times are from 5 am to 9 am
- Avoid windy areas, the wind stirs up the pollen!
- If you must be outside, wear a mask– it may just be the new trend!
- Take allergy medicine before an outing, and bring it with you
- Over the counter meds not helping? Visit an allergist
If you are more of an all-natural kind of a person, local raw honey is said to help with allergies as well. Maran Kaeintz, 40, of San Tan Valley, AZ says, “I use it in my tea all the time. Make sure it’s local, and your body builds up a tolerance to the allergies.” The idea is to fight pollen with pollen.
For more information on how to protect yourself this spring, visit Allergyactionplan.com.