Allergy season is that dreadful time of year for incessant sneezing, itchy eyes, runny noses, and brain fog. There is no doubt that allergies are quite annoying, putting a damper on your day to day wellness. For some people, it seems as though they get worse every year, hitting harder and harder. There is some truth to this, and it’s not just a figment of our imaginations. Pollen has been on the rise each year, making many people suffer exponentially.
As many as 40 to 50 million people in the United States are affected by allergies, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. During allergy season, your body has an immune reaction when you come into contact with a particular allergen called an immunoglobulin, and your body reacts by releasing chemicals called histamines, which causes the allergic reaction.
Allergens such as dust, pollen, and foods are what we are actually reacting to. Some people are diagnosed with chronic or seasonal allergies. However, knowing what you are actually allergic to, and how serious your allergy may be, is a vital step in planning treatment.
According to businessinsider.com, due to the increase of carbon dioxide in the air, each year the amount of pollen plants produce is also increasing. In other words, due to global warming, we are seeing an increase in the amount of pollen and other airborne allergens. The warm weather tricks the trees into thinking that it is spring, thus there an intense prolonged allergy season.
As well as the environment you live in, and changes in weather, allergies can be set off by stress. Chronic stress can cause inflammation, and make our bodies more prone to allergies. Being able to diagnose which allergies you may have, or understanding why they are getting progressively worse, is not easy to figure out without taking a trip to the doctor.
In order to combat allergies, it is important to have an allergy survival plan in place. Check pollen alerts, invest in an air purifier, manage stress, and get an allergy test to determine what you are in fact allergic to. Getting tested for allergies is quick and easy, and being more informed about your own body will not only help with treatment, but it can also put your mind at ease.
To learn more about winning the fight against allergy symptoms, call Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at 8154777350 to request an appointment, or request one online.