Seasonal allergies to pollen

Allergies in spring

Spring is the most common time of the year for people to experience seasonal allergies. As the weather gets warmer, plants start to bloom and release pollen into the air, triggering allergic symptoms. So, are you ready for your kids to deal with the seasonal allergy symptoms, again?

Allergies to pollen

Pollen grains are tiny particles released by plants to fertilize other plants. This fine powder from seeds, transported by air, lands on other flowering plants and fertilize, but some of it enters human noses and throats, triggering seasonal allergies. This process, called pollination, starts as early as in February, and may end as late as in the summer. The most common pollinating spring trees are: oak, birch, hickory and pecan. Then, we have grasses and other pollinating weeds.

Symptoms of pollen allergy

Allergy to pollen is easy to detect when, with a blooming spring, adults and kids start to sneeze and be itchy without having changed anything in their diet or environment. Well, almost. Because there are things we don’t see, like pollen, which attacks the immune system and triggers seasonal allergies. Some of the most common symptoms of pollen allergy are:

  • hay fever – actually called allergy to pollen, which is an allergic inflammation of nasal airways causing nasal congestion, runny nose, mucous production and breathing problems
  • sneezing
  • swelling
  • itchy eyes
  • hives or other rashes

How to prevent baby allergies to pollen?

Baby allergies to pollen are very hard to prevent because pollen is one of the most widespread allergens. It is not like a food that you are allergic to and which you can avoid; it is not even like allergy to pet, in which situation you can somehow protect your baby from being in direct contact with pets. In the case of allergy to pollen it is extremely hard to avoid: pollen is not only tiny and almost invisible, but it is spread all over the air and transported far away. Even choosing the least allergic state, like Arizona (being covered with desert) – a haven for people with pollen allergies – cannot guarantee being free from seasonal allergies due to the fact that pollen may be transported by air current miles away.

Nevertheless, you can try the following measures to prevent allergies in general:

  • breastfeed your baby
  • don’t smoke and prohibit smoking around your baby
  • use air purifier – will help your children breathe easier, and prevent pollen and other allergies from developing. Remember to change the filter often to keep the air pure.

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