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Treating Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal Allergies

Achoo! No, this is not the traditional cold. Allergies are seasonal resurface. In Quebec, it is estimated that just over one in ten people are bothered by seasonal allergies.

Allergic rhinitis, the famous hay fever, is caused mainly by pollen, a substance that allows trees, grasses (corn, wheat, hay, rye, etc...) And herbaceous (ragweed, grass) to reproduce. All these plants are directly dependent on wind for pollination so that the outside air contains a lot of suspended pollen; pollen comes "infect" the respiratory system of people who are allergic. Dust, mold, pollution, animal dander, and even feathers can also cause allergy symptoms, ranging from simple sneezing and red eyes and swollen sinus infections and ear, chronic bronchitis and asthma.

An allergy occurs when the immune system becomes hypersensitive to certain substances and develops antibodies to fight them. This is when symptoms appear allergy.

Flowering plants whose pollen is too heavy to travel through the air, are pollinated by insects and are not responsible for the symptoms of allergy (asthma and sneezing).

All allergies are not directly caused by pollen, and sometimes it is a protein contained within the plant that can be found at the air. This is why it is possible that allergy symptoms occur without pollen in the environment.

Time and season

The weather directly affects the amount of pollen into the air. A warm spring and short term cause the pollen season is shorter than when the spring is fresh. It is also clear that the rain prevents pollen circulating through the air and consequently, the symptoms are much less severe during rainy days.

In Quebec, there are three "seasons" of pollination. In the spring, the pollen of trees and shrubs that causes the problem, while May to October it is the grass that problem. Ragweed and grass are a source of allergy from late July through September. It is estimated that over 75% of people with hay fever are sensitive to ragweed.


To prevent allergic rhinitis or at least limit the symptoms, it is important to identify the source of the allergy!

The pollen is dispersed primarily between 8 am and noon each day.

As it is, especially when there is no rain and windy that pollen travels more, it is better to shorten trips outside those days, particularly in the morning and late at night.

Birch, ash, maple, poplar and oak are among those trees that produce more pollen. Try to stay away from!

By controlling the presence of ragweed in your neighborhood, you can prevent its spread. It must not only worry about your field, but be alert to its presence in your neighborhood. Why not organize a chore grubbing with some neighbors?

The allergic people should avoid going out when you mow the lawn.

Keep windows and doors closed can also help, as well as the use of an air conditioner at home and in the car.

If it is the eyes that are most affected, wearing sunglasses can be an obstacle to pollen.

Wash your hands frequently to avoid depositing pollen near your eyes or your nose. Similarly, you should wash your hair at the end of each day spent outside since the hair retained pollen like a net.

Clothing and linen's allergic person should not be dried out.


Be sure to note what are the symptoms, duration, and when they appear. Thus, you will help the physician to identify the cause of allergies and how to relieve you.

Only 1 of four allergic person alleged to be able to control their symptoms effectively.

The application of cold wet compresses helps to relieve itchy eyes. It should also avoid rubbing the eyes.

Artificial tears can help clean the infected eyes.

Nasal sprays containing salt water to help relieve the itching of the nose.

Antihistamines available over the counter to help reduce the sneezing, runny nose and itching that accompany allergy. They are most useful when used before exposure to allergens. Ask your pharmacist to find the product that best suits, your symptoms and the age of the allergic person.

Before making a release, it is good to check if the air contains pollen.

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