Public affairs: Spring allergy guide by Mattison Holland

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Allergies tend to be a difficulty everyone can relate to. Each season contains its own assortment of allergies we’re forced to battle through. Seasonal hyper-sensitivity affects people of all ages and its extremity varies from person to person.

When a new period of the year rolls around, we have developed an understanding of what kind of allergies appear each month and we know what kind of allergies and sicknesses to expect since we have been around to experience certain seasons before.

With the current spring season and upcoming summer season, there are a few allergens to look out for.

Some allergies you may be faced with during the months of spring (May-June) are:

  • tree pollens
  • grass pollens
  • insects,
  • mold spores

Allergies brought by the summer atmosphere include

  • mold
  • weeds
  • grass pollens
  • tree pollens
  • ragweed
  • nettle.

The symptoms of allergies range in severity based on your location. If you’re out walking in nature you are more susceptible to certain allergies rather than someone inside watching their home television.

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Research has been done in order to gather information and understand what specifically causes seasonal allergies. Two components that play an extensive part in this struggle are weather and nature.

According to an article written by Mayo Clinic ¨Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance — such as pollen, bee venom, or pet dander, or a food that doesn’t cause a reaction in most people. Your immune system produces substances known as antibodies

Being hypersensitive when specific seasons come around is very common. It seems like an insignificant issue, however, it is a very real struggle for some.


The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) states ¨In 2018, approximately 24 million people in the US were diagnosed with seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever). This equals around 8% (19.2 million) of adults and 7% (5.2 million) of children.

Seasonal allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction to pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds.

Seasonal sensitivity isn’t something you can necessarily be prepared for, but there are precautions you can take to reduce its effect on your household.

Some things you can do to lessen the impact are close any doors or windows so the breeze doesn’t let in any unwanted allergies. You can even take part in spring cleaning. This will help clear up any dust or dirt around the house that might be causing your sinuses to act up.

When you have allergies, your sinuses and the passages of your nose swell up. This is because they are trying to rid your body of allergens.

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During this process you might experience a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, watery or itchy eyes, sinus headaches, ear congestion, coughing, etc. When you´re undergoing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to take a day or two to rest.

Unfortunately, the weakening of your immune system is just a piece of the puzzle. Because of this factor it’s helpful to know healthy and restoring tips to help take care of your body.

Thank there are a few simple remedies you can put together right in your own kitchen.

For example, honey is good for a sore throat. You can also take hot tea for coughing and loosening up fluids. Making sure you take lots of vitamin c, orange juice or vitamin C gummies or tablets, is crucial for boosting your immune system.

However, not only is your immune system effected, but it can become a hassle to complete simple tasks. Some of these tasks include getting out of bed, staying focused, working, studying, being fully aware, etc. These can all be due to fatigue, mental sluggishness, and drowsiness, which are just a few ¨hallmark symptoms.”

All year round people are faced with seasonal allergies. Even though there isn’t a true way to dodge these inconvenient happenings, there are many steps we can take to help prevent being stuck in bed. What you do for your body determines how fast you will recover.

By Mattison Holland

Mattison Holland

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