By Patrick Atlee
Many people suffer with spring allergies. Most cases are mild, but severe outbreaks can cause a person to lose time from work or school and prevent getting routine activities accomplished. There are some things that can be done to help prevent allergic outbreaks from occurring.
Allergies occur from the immune system reacting to certain substances that are in the environment, such as mold, animal dander and pollen. These substances are harmless to most people, but if a person is allergic they can develop symptoms from the body's reaction to the allergen. It is believed that two out of every ten people in the United States suffer with allergies.
Typical symptoms of allergies are watery and itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, rashes and feeling ill or tired. Symptoms vary in degrees from mild to severe.
Pollen is the number one cause of most spring allergies. Pollen allergies cause hay fever and many people suffer with this common ailment. This can be caused from blooming trees, ragweed, grasses and other flowering weeds. This allergen can cause a person to feel exhausted, affect hearing, have difficulty with breathing and can even cloud the mind causing the inability to focus and think properly.
Many of the newer allergy medications are now non-sedating and affordable. Also avoiding outdoors activities as much as possible and keeping doors and windows closed will help prevent the pollen from entering. When riding in the car, keep the windows up and shower and change clothes after going out, as the pollen can stick to skin and clothes, causing someone to carry the culprit around with them, completely unaware of it.