When you have an allergic reaction, your body identifies pollen as dangerous and releases histamines into the blood. These histamines cause a runny nose, itchy watery eyes and other allergy related symptoms. Unfortunately pollen can travel far, especially on dry windy days.
Symptoms of spring allergies
So how do you know if you have allergies? Often you will have: a runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, sneezing and itchy eyes. If you think you have allergies, it’s best to consult your doctor. He or she might refer you to an allergy specialist.
If you are sneezing, coughing and have a runny nose, you might have seasonal allergies. As spring is upon us let’s take a look at what causes spring allergies and what you can do.
Causes of spring allergies
The biggest culprit of spring allergies is pollen. These tiny grains are released into the air to fertilize other plants, trees and weeds. Tree pollination starts earliest in the year.
Possible trees that you are allergic to:
And these grasses and weeds often cause allergies:
What you can do
Keep an eye out on the weather reports and allergy information.
There are a few natural home remedies you might want to try:
Try a saline nasal rinse to clear the pollen
Try gargling with salt water to soothe your soar throat
If it’s a breezy day, better keep the windows closed
You can try wearing a respirator mask when you leave the house, to block the pollen
Shower, wash your hands and change your clothes after you have been outside