Have you been rubbing your eyes all day long? Have you had a runny nose or watery eyes for days at a time?
You start sneezing and you can’t stop? By chance does this happen at the same time of year every year?
If I’m talking about you -- you have seasonal allergies. The common symptoms of spring allergies are runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes or itchy nose or dark circles underneath the eyes -- sometimes called allergic shiners.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reported that 40 million Americans suffer from environmental allergies. This makes seasonal allergies the fifth leading chronic disease in the United States.
As winter moves into spring and nature begins its renewal and rebirth process. The air becomes saturated with pollen that we breathe in through our nose and mouth activating our immune system.
The symptoms are caused by an overreaction of the immune system to pollen. The immune system for people who suffer from allergies goes into overdrive and releases several chemicals including histamine that cause the symptoms listed above.
In the spring, tree pollens are the first allergens to start affecting us. As we move into summer grass allergies begin to take hold. April showers bring May flowers and dampness creates the perfect breeding ground for mold allergies and mold allergies.
Pollen is measured by the pollen count which is the number of grains of pollen per cubic meter in the air. If you have allergies the pollen count is going to become one the most interesting portions of the daily news.
Knowing the pollen count can be helpful to you by giving you an idea about what to expect for the day or week. This helps you make decisions about outdoor and weekend plans.
If you think you are experiencing seasonal allergies then a trip to the allergy specialist for a RAST test can confirm your self-diagnosis. The RAST or radioallergosorbent test test measures the antibodies you are creating from an environmental allergy.
The allergist may conduct a different test called the prick or wheal test.