With the arrival of spring, many plants will begin releasing pollen, triggering the allergies of millions of individuals across the nation. Unfortunately, Oklahoma is no exception to the arrival of spring allergies. While there is no cure for spring allergies, there are ways to lessen their impact on your life.
Causes of Spring Allergies
The biggest trigger of allergies for residents of Oklahoma is pollen. To fertilize other plants, grasses, weeds and trees will begin to release the tiny grains of pollen. For individuals who are allergic, these tiny particulates floating in the air can cause the body to react poorly. As pollen is inhaled, the body will enter a defensive mode, mistaking the pollen for a dangerous foreign substance.
To combat the inhalation of pollen, the body will begin releasing histamines throughout the blood. For those with seasonal allergies, this can lead to itchy eyes and a runny nose that are commonly seen throughout the spring. Even if there are no pollen releasing plants in your general area, plants several miles away can still release pollen that travels to your location.
Diagnosis of Spring Allergies
If you suspect you suffer from seasonal allergies, the best place to learn more would be your primary care provider. It is important to explain your symptoms to your doctor as accurately as possible to ensure the best possible diagnosis. In some cases, the doctor may refer you to an allergy specialist for more in-depth testing.
An allergy specialist will usually perform a skin test to determine which allergens are affecting you. During this test, the allergy specialist may prick the surface of the skin with a small amount of the allergen or inject a diluted form of the allergen under the skin. If the substance is an allergen for you, the skin will develop a small hive.
Treatment of Spring Allergies
For individuals that suffer from spring allergies, there are fortunately many over the counter products that can help ease symptoms. Among them, three tend to be the most popular and effective. Your doctor may recommend one or a combination of the following:
- Antihistamines – As previously mentioned, the symptoms of allergies happen when the body releases histamines into the blood. To combat the severity of symptoms, individuals will typically utilize antihistamine medications to decrease their impact.
- Decongestants – Allergies can cause the blood vessels to swell, causing nasal congestion and discomfort. To relieve the swelling, your doctor may recommend a combination of antihistamines and decongestants for relief.
- Eye Drops – If you are suffering from itchy eyes due to spring allergies, you may benefit from the use of specialized eye drops. There are many different types of eye drops available, so it is important to follow your doctor’s suggestion.
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