Pollen and other allergens

4.19.2011

With the beautiful change in season comes some extreme discomfort for many people. Today we are talking about Pollen and other allergens. I never suffered from allergies until I had child number 4 and it all hit me the summer after he was born.  My eyes puff up, breathing is difficult, and I sneeze so much my energy is zapped. One way to fight allergies is running to the doctor For a prescription but there are other methods to help with comfort during the change of season. Knowing a little more about these allergens will  help us keep them under control. 
Relief is possible and Marilyn from the Artsy Girl Connection is going to share some helpful tips on conquering those allergies. 
No more sunny days in bed for me time to conquer those allergies! 

Help us Marilyn...



Pollen &
............Allergies

Hello all, I'm Marilyn from next door at The ArtsyGirl Connection , here to
share a little piece on allergies, pollen and preventive means to get through those
tough months of Symptoms. I developed allergies when I was about 25, and finally
understood what many people go through as the seasons change. I know first hand
it's NOT fun at all, and have since read up and figured out various ways to help me
get through my rough allergy months. Hope my peice below helps.

A lot of this information can simply be found on the web in-depth..

What Is Pollen...???



Each spring, summer, and fall, tiny particles are released from trees, weeds,
and grasses. These particles, known as pollen, hitch rides on currents of air.
Although their mission is to fertilize parts of other plants, many never reach their
targets. Instead, they enter human noses and throats, triggering a type of seasonal
allergic rhinitis called pollen allergy, which many people know as hay fever or rose
fever (depending on the season in which the symptoms occur). Of all the things
that can cause an allergy, pollen is one of the most widespread. Many of the foods,
drugs, or animals that cause allergies can be avoided to a great extent; even insects
and household dust are escapable. Short of staying indoors when the pollen count is
high--and even that may not help--there is no easy way to evade windborne pollen.

Hay fever (Allergic Rhinitis) is the most common of the allergic diseases and
refers to seasonal nasal symptoms that are due to pollens. The types of pollen
that most commonly cause allergic reactions are produced by the plain-looking
plants (trees, grasses, and weeds) that do not have showy flowers. These plants
manufacture small, light, dry pollen granules that are custom-made for wind transport.
Samples of ragweed pollen have been collected 400 miles out at sea and two
miles high in the air. Because airborne pollen is carried for long distances, it
does little good to rid an area of an offending plant--the pollen can drift in from
many miles away. In addition, most allergenic pollen comes from plants
that produce it in huge quantities. A single ragweed plant can
generate a million grains of pollen a day.

What are the most common allergens?
Pollen from trees, grass and weeds. Allergies that occur in the spring (late April and May)
are often due to tree pollen. Allergies that occur in the summer (late May to mid-July)
are often due to grass and weed pollen. Allergies that occur in the fall
(late August to the first frost) are often due to ragweed.

Mold. Mold is common where water tends to collect, such as shower curtains,
window moldings and damp basements. It can also be found in rotting logs, hay,
mulches, commercial peat moss, compost piles and leaf litter. This allergy
is usually worse during humid and rainy weather.

Animal dander. Proteins found in the skin, saliva, and urine of furry pets
such as cats and dogs are allergens. You can be exposed to dander when
handling an animal or from house dust that contains dander.

Dust. Many allergens, including dust mites, are in dust. Dust mites are tiny
living creatures found in bedding, mattresses, carpeting and upholstered furniture.
They live on dead skin cells and other things found in house dust.

Yes YOU CAN!!!

Ways To Help Avoid Allergies...
Pollens.
Shower or bathe before bedtime to wash off pollen and other
allergens in your hair and on your skin. Avoid going outside, especially on dry,
windy days. Keep windows and doors shut, and use an air conditioner at home and in your car.


Mold.
You can reduce the amount of mold in your home by removing houseplants
and by frequently cleaning shower curtains, bathroom windows, damp walls, areas
with dry rot and indoor trash cans. Use a mix of water and chlorine bleach to
kill mold. Open doors and windows and use fans to increase air
movement and help prevent mold.


Don't carpet bathrooms or other damp rooms and use mold-proof paint instead
of wallpaper. Reducing the humidity in your home to 50% or less can also help.
You can control your home air quality by using a dehumidifier, keeping the
temperature set at 70 degrees, and cleaning or replacing small-particle
filters in your central air system.

Pet dander.
If your allergies are severe, you may need to give your pets away or at least
keep them outside. Cat or dog dander often collects in house dust and takes
4 weeks or more to die down.


However, there are ways to reduce the amounts of pet dander in your home.
Using allergen-resistant bedding, bathing your pet frequently, and using an
air filter can help reduce pet dander. Ask your veterinarian for other
ways to reduce pet dander in your home.

Dust and dust mites.
To reduce dust mites in your home, remove drapes, feather pillows,
upholstered furniture, non-washable comforters and soft toys. Replace
carpets with linoleum or wood. Polished floors are best. Mop the floor o
ften with a damp mop and wipe surfaces with a damp cloth. Vacuum regularly
with a machine that has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
Vacuum soft furniture and curtains as well as floors. Install an air cleaner
with a high-efficiency particulate or electrostatic filter. Wash carpets
and upholstery with special cleaners, such as benzyl benzoate or tannic acid
spray. Wash all bedding in hot water (hotter than 130°F) every 7 to 10 days.
Don't use mattress pads. Cover mattress and pillows with plastic covers.
Lower the humidity in your home using a dehumidifier.


All the seasons are beautiful and WE MUST enjoy them and embrace
the changes as they come, but learning about your allergies, asking
questions and reading frequent updates aroudn the web can help
avoid a lot of your allergy symptons throughout the year. Ask your doctor
about testing for allergies,symptons and various remedies that can help
you get through and avoid pollen and allergy seasons.

Remember -- When you "ACHOOOO" ,
it's time to look into allergies and easy remedies..


Thank You SO much for having me again Jaqueline.. It's always such a pleasure..


Sincerely................
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This post was brought to you by the letter "P"
Psalms 26:2
 "Prove me, O LORD, and try me;
   test my heart and my mind."

2 comments:

Marilyn said...

Thanks SO much again for having me Jacqueline.. Hope you stay allergy free and get to enjoy the seasons change.. ; ) ) ..

Elaine said...

Such a great article! I just recently started sneezing and getting red eyes around the beginning of spring time a few years ago but its' been a little better in the city.

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