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Pollen Allergy (hay fever)

By on March 16, 2012 in Diseases, Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

Rain brings with it the right condition for many plants, native to the region such as weeds and wild grasses, to grow and flourish. At the beginning of the season, such plants start flowering and in about a month, release large amount of pollen particles in the air (with which they reproduce). The ‘pollen season’ extends up to three months.

Typically in our area, there are two rainy seasons, winter and of summer. This means there are two pollen seasons more or less coinciding with the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).

This high concentration of pollen in the air makes people with a hereditary allergic predisposition to have a greater possibility of sensitization in this time, or if you already have “alergizado” start their ordeal, with eye symptoms (conjunctivitis “spring”), nasal symptoms (rhinitis or sinusitis), or bronchial symptoms (allergic bronchitis or bronchial asthma).

Most people blame their troubles to “climate change”, however, temperature and humidity do not cause allergy by itself, but directly influence the concentration of pollens in the air at any given time.

The symptoms in affected individuals might differ, depending on their degree of allergy. In some cases it could become severe, even meriting prolonged or frequent hospitalization.

It is estimated that approximately 10 to 15% of the entire population in our country suffer from some degree of respiratory allergy, and most of these will be sensitive to pollens of weeds, grasses or trees, regardless of other “allergens.”

Unfortunately, despite the fact that this is a common problem, many people do not know that they have allergy, and is treated as if they have “cold” or respiratory infections, handled many times with antibiotics (often self-prescribed) even with poor or no results. 

So if you or your children often have eye symptoms, frequent nasal or frequent or continuous bronchial-pulmonary with every changing season (and if there is a family history of sinusitis, bronchitis, conjunctivitis or asthma), you are most likely to be suffering from  “hay fever” or pollen-induced respiratory allergies. You must discuss this possibility with your doctor or to a specialist.

Once the doctor confirms your suspicion, after a series of tests, your doctor may rely on a specialist in allergies to find the specific causes in each case,  and decide on the best treatment.

It is now possible to cure many allergic respiratory problems, if treated in an appropriate manner. Treatment need not affect the quality of your life at all

 

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