I was down with cough and cold last week and my husband returned from work and deduced that it could be pollen allergy. There were a few sufferers in his office and one of his colleagues was suffering from red watery eyes. Apparently last weekend had the highest pollen count in spring this year!
I have researched on pollen allergy for the benefit of those suffering from it.
Pollen grains are small particles of varying diameter and weight which are released in to the air and spread by the wind in order to pollinate the plant species.
Pollen allergy occurs when individuals react allergically to certain proteins found in the pollen grains. The body reacts causing release of histamines and other inflammatory substances which results in discomfort in the form of sneezing, runny nose, red watery eyes etc. Pollen allergy is sometimes called Hay Fever or Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis and commonly occurs during spring and summer.
1)Because the individuals may become hyper sensitive to any allergens or irritants, they must be careful in terms of hygiene and what they come into contact with.
2) Physical activities and airing of the house must not be done when pollen release is at its greatest ie mornings until after mid day.
3)Do not dry the clothes outside during the day. The pollen grains attach themselves to clothes and cause allergic reactions to some.
4)Wash or rinse your hair before bedtime to clear your hair of pollen proteins.
5) Use sunglasses to ward off the eye symptoms.
6) Try OTC allergy medications in the for of nasal sprays, nose drops, eye drops or oral tablets.
7) See a doctor when OTC allergy medications don't help. He might suggest an allergy test if necessary and choose the best medicine for you. Most of these allergy medications are preventive and must be used throughout the pollen period even when the symptoms are non existent.