Pollen Allergies: What You Need to Know
Some people are allergic to tree pollen, which is in the air in the spring, while others are allergic to weed pollen, which is in the air in the fall. An allergist can give you a skin prick test to see what’s causing your problem. Pollen counts are higher when it’s warm, dry, and windy, so run your air conditioner with a HEPA filter to remove pollen from the air.
How do you know if you are allergic to pollen?
How do you know if you have a pollen allergy?
- Runny nose. Itchy, watery eyes. Scratchy throat. Cough.
- Swollen, bluish-colored skin beneath the eyes.
- Decreased sense of taste or smell.
How do seasonal allergies make you feel?
Allergies can make you feel miserable, with itchy, watery eyes, a tickly throat, and a stuffy, runny nose. Common triggers include tree pollen, grass, mold, and ragweed; whatever the cause, allergies can make you miserable.
How does pollen make you feel?
Allergens Cause Biochemically Based Fatigue The immune system releases a substance called histamine in addition to immunoglobulin E, and when both of these substances cause an inflammatory reaction in the body, you may feel tired in addition to other, more obvious allergic symptoms.
How long do pollen allergies last?
Allergy symptoms usually improve over time, with many patients experiencing complete relief within one to three years of starting SCIT and continuing to benefit for at least several years after the shots stop.
What month is allergy season?
If you suffer from seasonal allergies or hay fever, tree pollens can cause symptoms in the late winter or early spring, while ragweed releases pollen in the summer and fall. The timing of allergy season varies depending on where you live; in the South, it can begin as early as January and last until November.
What are the worst allergy symptoms?
Severe allergy symptoms are more severe, and the swelling caused by the allergic reaction can spread to the throat and lungs, leading to allergic asthma or anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition.
- runny nose.
- itchy eyes.
- stomach cramping.
- skin rash.
What time of day is pollen count highest?
Pollen levels are highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., and again at dusk, so schedule your workouts for times when pollen levels are lower. If you must go outside during high pollen times, wear a pollen-filtering face mask.
What does allergy headache feel like?
Allergies can cause pain on the top of your head, and allergies can also cause a migraine headache, which is characterized by throbbing and usually occurs on one side of the head. You may notice that the pain worsens in the sun, or that you feel nauseated.
Can allergies give you body aches?
Seasonal allergies place additional stress on the body, which can exacerbate chronic pain symptoms and affect your immune system, causing inflammation in your joints and resulting in pain. Allergies are a major source of body aches, with constant coughing and sneezing causing headaches, neck and back pain.
Can pollen make you feel sick?
Some allergies are referred to as hay fever, but do allergies cause cold or flu symptoms? Allergies can cause symptoms that are similar to a cold or flu, such as a runny nose, sore throat, or sneezing, but they do not cause a fever.
Does pollen make you tired?
Yes, allergies can make you tired; most people who have a stuffy nose and head from allergies have trouble sleeping; however, allergic reactions can also release chemicals that make you tired.
Does your body get used to pollen?
Some allergies, such as hay fever, may improve if you were stranded on an island for an extended period of time without medication, as our bodies become accustomed to the pollen that causes the allergy.
What month is pollen the highest?
Tree pollen season runs from March to June, and grass pollen season runs from June to August, sometimes into September in a warm year. Weed pollen season runs from August to the end of October, and it takes a hard freeze to kill the weeds. Some outdoor molds also peak in the fall months.
What foods to avoid if you have pollen allergies?
If you have pollen allergies, you might not realize that certain foods can make your symptoms worse. If you’re allergic to Ragweed pollen, stay away from:
- Chamomile tea.
- Echinacea tea.
What is the best antihistamine for pollen?
Over-the-counter and prescription antihistamines such as Allegra, Benadryl, or Clarinex; decongestants such as Sudafed; nasal steroids such as Beconase, Flonase, or Veramyst; and drugs that combine antihistamines and decongestants such as Allegra-D, Claritin-D, or Zyrtec-D are all recommended for pollen allergies.