Pollen Allergy Treatment Q&A
Pollen is one of the most prevalent seasonal allergy triggers. Pollen allergy is commonly referred to as “hay fever” by many people. The majority of pollen that causes allergy responses is produced by trees, grasses, and weeds. These plants produce little, light, dry pollen grains that are carried by the wind. They can then enter your eyes, nose, and lungs, creating allergy symptoms if you are allergic to pollen. Dr. Smriti Choudhary, MD, and Dr. Niraj Choudhary, MD, are experienced in treating pollen allergy symptoms like runny and stuffy nose, sneezing, and red and watery eyes. Contact Allergy and You for allergy care. We are conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite C Webster TX 77598. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online.
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Some people are allergic to pollen, which is the powdery substance that comes out of a plant’s stamens as part of reproduction and fertilization. When a person is allergic to pollen, they may develop symptoms when exposed to it; these can range from a mild response, such as an itchy nose, to a severe reaction, such as difficulty breathing and a drop in blood pressure. Pollen allergy is one of the most common types of allergies in the United States, affecting between 5 and 15% of Americans.
Pollen allergies are the body’s misidentification of the airborne substances released by plants. When plants unleash their pollen into the air to fertilize other plants, any of that pollen can come into contact with a person’s nose, eyes, or mouth, potentially causing a reaction. People affected by hay fever will typically experience symptoms for as long as the pollen they are allergic to is in the air. The same is true for people with any type of seasonal allergy; symptoms will subside when the allergen goes away. In most cases, this can last for several weeks, but it can also persist for as long as four to six months.
Pollen allergies can be treated with medications, such as antihistamines, allergy shots, or home remedies, including:
• Medications — Several over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medications are available for the treatment of allergies, including:
• Antihistamines, such as cetirizine or diphenhydramine
• Decongestants, such as pseudoephedrine or oxymetazoline
• Medications that combine an antihistamine & a decongestant
• Allergy Shots — Allergy shots, which are a form of immunotherapy, may be recommended if medications are not enough to ease symptoms.
• Home Remedies — A variety of home remedies can also help to alleviate pollen allergy symptoms, including:
• Flushing pollen from the nose
• Trying herbs and extracts
• Removing and washing any outdoor clothing
• Drying clothes in a dryer
• Using air conditioning in cars and homes
Pollen allergy season is the time of year when pollen counts are particularly high, leading to an increased risk of allergic symptoms. The time of year that pollen allergy season occurs is different based on geography, climate, and annual weather patterns. This timeframe is also affected by the type of pollen. For example, tree pollen is more common in the spring, while grass pollen occurs in higher amounts during the summer.
Although it is more common in childhood, allergies can come on suddenly at any point in life. When this happens in adulthood, it is known as adult-onset allergies. Researchers are not sure exactly what causes an immune system to suddenly react to an allergen. However, it may be because of the following:
• Family History of Allergies — Certain allergies seem to have a genetic component, which may only develop due to certain types of exposure or at certain ages. People who have a first-degree family member with allergies are at a higher risk of developing allergies as adults as well.
• Change in Environment — Moving to a new geographical area with different plants, pollutants or weather can lead to new symptoms as exposure to new allergens is likely.
Unfortunately, the reason for these immune system triggers is unknown. However, they are quite common. Although some people remain undiagnosed for decades, many develop full-blown allergies as adults.
If you are experiencing pollen allergies, come to Allergy and You. Contact us today or book an online appointment with our pollen allergies doctor, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite C Webster TX 77598. We serve patients from Webster TX, Bacliff TX, Dickinson TX, Seabrook TX, League City TX, and Clear Lake City TX. We look forward to serving you!