Why Do I Have Pollen Allergies?

Springtime is when a lot of plants and trees bloom, showing off their best looks for all the world to see, While most of us go out and enjoy Nature’s show, about a fifth of Americans choose to remain indoors. 

The reason? Pollen allergy, Trees, grasses, and even weeds produce flowers as a means of fertilization so that they can reproduce.   

Pollen Allergy

These flowers often have a powdery, granular substance known as pollen that is instrumental in fertilizing other plants of the same species, It is either carried by insects, such as bees and butterflies, or is dispersed by the wind, In the latter lies the problem for people susceptible to pollen allergy attacks.

That is because in the spring, especially, one cubic meter of air can have thousands of pollen grains, It is therefore so easy to inhale them when you are outdoors and even indoors if your windows and doors are open to let the air in, But the question a lot of people are concerned about is, why do we have pollen allergies but others don’t?

Now, on to our concern. We get pollen allergy, or any other kind of allergy for that matter, because of our body’s immune system, As our body’s way to keep us free from sickness, the immune system guards against harmful foreign matter like bacteria and viruses, Unfortunately, it can also mistakenly identify innocuous objects such as pollens as something dangerous.

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When this happens, the immune system starts producing antibodies that cause inflammatory reactions, It also helps trigger the release of a chemical known as histamine, which is responsible for our sneezing fits, watery and itchy eyes, and nose. But, how come I have a pollen allergy, but not my neighbor, and our houses are literally side by side, you might ask.

Researchers say

Researchers say allergies begin when we were children, on things that we were exposed to frequently, And it’s not just pollens but even dog or cat hair, food, or medication. They added that genes play a role, A genetic tendency to develop allergies as a child most likely caused you to have the condition after inhaling a lot of pollen while playing outdoors.

What’s even worse is that once your immune system had mistakenly identified pollen, or cat or dog hair, as a threat, it won’t ever change its mind.  

Which means you will have that allergy for as long as you live.

Experts think that the reason our immune system made that mistake is that, at that particular time, the body was also defending against a real virus like the common cold, They added, however, that it is something that has not been established definitely, So that’s why you have a pollen allergy.

Pollen allergies symptoms

Pollen allergies can manifest two different sets of symptoms, either asthma or hay fever, When pollen is inhaled, it can go directly into the lungs, which can cause coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chest tightness or pain, or wheezing. 

Hay fever, on the other hand, is usually triggered during the pollen season. It’s the reason it’s also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis.

Symptoms include itchy and runny nose, sneezing, itchy, red and watery eyes, nose congestion and blocked sinuses, coughing, and even extreme tiredness.

Pollen allergy symptoms are usually treated with antihistamines, nasal corticosteroid sprays, and decongestants.

How to avoid pollen allergy?

It’s best to stay indoors and keep the windows and doors shut during the pollen season, If you must go outside, wear a dust mask.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common pollen allergy symptoms?

Pollen allergy symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes. It is often difficult to distinguish pollen allergy symptoms from other types of Allergies.

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