The Pollen Season
Spring is around the corner. We had a wild winter with an increase in cold and flu viruses. If Spring is anything like winter, your family will want to prepare for those little runny noses and the onslaught of tissues that are ahead.
As the temperatures rise, pollen is produced by many plants (plus other environmental allergens). Pollen is breathed in and, if you are allergic, the body produces a chemical called histamine. Histamine acts on many parts of the body in an effort to get rid of the pollen. This is why people will have a runny nose or sneeze. Your body says, "this stuff is annoying, let's get it out!"
If you suffer from allergies, it can be a very difficult season. Spring is not the only time allergy sufferers have issues. Summer and fall and winter can cause more allergic responses. In addition to pollen, ragweed and grasses can cause these allergic reactions.
What to do?
While the symptoms may not be easily treated. You don't have to suffer all year!
Start by making a log of when your child has a chronic runny nose and sneezing fits. You will start to see a pattern over time. Download a weather app and observe when the allergy counts are highest and stay indoors on those days. If you go outside to play, be sure to take a shower and change your clothes to avoid contact with allergens for too long. Finally, there are lots of over the counter and natural options. Speak with your provider about which ones may be best for you.
If your allergy response is severe you may want to speak with your primary care provider about getting allergy testing to know for sure what your body is reacting to.