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Understanding Pollen Allergies

Posted by in Health: Diseases & Conditions: Allergies  ~  July 22, 2012 07:58:27 PM

You’re sneezing all the time, you have runny nose and yet you still don’t know what’s wrong with you. You probably think you have an allergy but you’re not exactly sure why you have it and on what you are allergic to. To help you discover what your allergy could be and why you are feeling as crappy as you do, I have prepared this article on pollen allergy.

The best way to know if you are suffering from a pollen related allergy is to determine when you are feeling the symptoms. If you often have runny nose and sneezing when the season changes especially during autumn, spring and summer, then you probably have pollen allergy. You know that you have pollen allergy during spring because it is the pollinating time for most trees. You’ll have an allergic reaction during summer because this is the time when the weed and the grass are pollinating and in the autumn the pollens from weeds are still in the air.

You are probably wondering what pollens got to do with trees, grass and weed. I mean isn’t pollen from the flowers? The short answer is yes and no. Yes, it is true that pollens come from flowers, but no, pollens do not come exclusively from flowers. As you may have guessed, pollens come from the trees, grass and weeds too. Now you ask, if pollen comes from different sources, why does it make you sick so much? Aren’t pollens supposed to be used by flowers to reproduce themselves? Pollens are used by flowers to reproduce them and often rely on insects and the wind to blow the pollen into other flowers. The problem is the pollens don’t reach its intended destination. Because of the wind, the tiny pollens find their way inside human noses. It is fascinating to think that the human nose inhales about two tablespoons of allergens, the things that cause you to sneeze and cough and have watery eyes, each and every day. When you inhale these allergens, in our case the pollens, you may have hay allergy, otherwise known as pollen allergy or allergic rhinitis.

As I said before, when the pollen seasons come, the human nose inhales the tiny particles of pollen and these pollen accumulate in your respiratory system. Did you know that trees produce more pollens than flowers? And out of all the trees out there, the oak tree has been the top pollen producing tree in nearly all of the United States. The pollens irritate your nasal passages causing your body to release chemical called histamine. Because of this irritation your mucous membrane swells and clogs your nose and sinuses. You then feel the other symptoms that you already know: the sneezing, runny and clogged nose, coughing, itchy throat, nose, eyes, dark circles under your eyes due to added blood circulation in your sinuses as well as watery eyes, among others. Sometimes you even feel hoarseness in your voice and even loss of your voice. Pollen allergy can even result in more serious complications such as asthma, bronchitis or tracheitis.