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Which Allergies Are Present at What Time of Year

Differing Allergies During Different Times Of The Year

There are different allergies which are more or less likely to affect you throughout the year. Some factors which influence allergies are natural seasonal changes, as well as behavioral changes.

For example, during the winter, you’re more likely to experience allergies that come from like cat fur, or certain kinds of dust. The way around this is to reduce interior humidity, wash bedding in water that is hot, and regularly vacuum. Be careful with your vacuum, though; some are less effective than others. The air which blows out the back could still distribute minute allergens. Your best bet will be finding a vacuum expressly designed to reduce allergens.

Early Months

From January till about mid-March, you can expect common indoor allergies to be the primary reaction inciter. Provided you’re diligent to clean and actively reduce indoor humidity, you’ll save yourself some sneezing. If you’re not generally affected by such allergens, then you’re likely one of those folks who finds relief from allergies during the yearly cold season.

Spring On The Horizon

Spring could be your nemesis, though. As plants begin to bloom, they send out pollen. Pollen can follow you in through a door that lingers, a breeze which manages to push something through that scratched-out part of the screen window, or by hitching a ride on someone’s clothing.

Today there are pollen tracking apps which can be downloaded to your phone and used to tell how allergen-rich your locality is. You could use such a device in the morning to determine whether you take a particularly affecting allergy medication like Benadryl.

For those who definitely have difficulties with pollen, you want to use the beginning allergic salvos of March to prompt you into checking with your allergy specialist. This should be done before April. You should additionally stock up on allergy medications during this time. One reason why is they’ll become scarce until the end of the month in many stores. Others will buy these medications up. If you aren’t conscientious about acquiring yours, you may be out of luck when you make it to the pharmacy.

Sneezy Summers

Pollen from grass, trees–and even some species of flower, depending on your particular allergies–will persist through May. But by July you should see a change on the winds. June, however, is another story. Through the month of June there are many grasses which hit their fullest bloom, and can prove exceptionally irritating to those with pollen allergies.

You’ll want to guard your eyes, avoid touching them when outside, use allergy medication, and wear sunglasses during June. But by July, the bloom will wear off. This is when the mold comes out, however. As does the fungus. By August, mold hits its high point, and ragweed begins to cause trouble.

Fall And Relief

Ragweed peaks out in September, but thankfully, by October, outdoor allergens begin to taper off. November is a fairly clear month for those with allergies, as is December.

So, in a nutshell, from mid-October until mid-March, provided you keep a clean house, you should be able to avoid most allergens without the need for any fancy allergy medications. Stock up on such meds in mid-March, however, and be strategic from late spring until fall sashays in.

Another remedy involves daily ingesting locally-made honey. Such honey will contain trace amounts of pollen allergens that your immune system can acclimate to before the next season. Good advice is to prepare for the year in advance. You’ll be less likely to be knocked out of commission by an unwelcome and unexpected allergic reaction.

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The Difference Between a STD and a STI

Most of the time, when it came to sex talk, you would hear about STD or STI. These two were mainly interchanged, and you probably took no notice of it. Over the years, you might have started wondering if there is a difference between the two. If you go online, you will probably see STI more than you used to which will make you more confused.

Technically, there is no major difference between the two. However, you will find that most physicians prefer using STI than STD. Although they seem the same, here are some differences you can get from the two:

Infection and Disease

An STI is an infection that has not fully developed into a disease. Once the infection evolves n to a disease, it can then be called an STD. This is even more confusing. What is the difference between an infection and a disease?

When the body gets exposed to bacteria, a virus or microbes, the first step of the disease is an infection. When you have an infection, it is when the number of microbes is multiplying in your body, but you have no physical symptoms yet. However, infection is referred to as a disease when there are physical signs and symptoms that start disrupting normal body structure and function.

A good example of the two is if someone has the HPV virus and shows no symptoms, they are said to have an infection. However, if the symptoms evolve to a point where it is now something serious like cervical cancer, it can be called an STD.

Less stigma

STDs have been around for a while which makes them sound more serious. However, when you hear about STIs, they have less stigma around them. Also, since most STIs do not present any symptoms, most people do not know if they are suffering from them. An example for this is asymptomatic chlamydia that does not show any infections. Once the symptoms start manifesting, the person now has an STD. This will help them seek treatment if they have bacterial infections since they can be cured.

Symptoms of STDs and STIs

As you have seen earlier, STIs have no noticeable symptoms. However, STDs have some symptoms you can look out for:

  • Strange discharge from genital areas
  • Blisters around the genitals
  • Uncommon growths around the genitals
  • Pain while passing urine
  • Persistent itching or tingling sensation around the genitals
  • Pain in the pelvis or abdomen for women
  • Irregular periods
  • Pain during sex and bleeding afterwards
  • Pain in the testicles

Different STDs have different symptoms, and for some, they do not see the symptoms until it is too late. For some, you can see flu-like symptoms or rashes. For instance, for syphilis, there are painless sores.

However, scabies and pubic lice can also be spread sexually but are not sexually transmitted infections. If you are infested with them, you will experience a rash, scratching and possibly blood on your genitals due to the scratching.

Final Thoughts

While they appear different, STIs lead to STDs. This means you need to protect yourself from getting STIs and get tested whenever you have unprotected sex. There are different places you can get tested. You should not wait until the symptoms manifest so you can get tested. If you are unsure about your health, it is better to do it sooner rather than later. It is easier to treat STIs than STDs.

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How to Help Your Allergies Without Medicine

Allergies not only make you miserable but can also prevent you from enjoying the activities that you may normally enjoy. While there are many medications to treat allergies sometimes the treatments can leave you drowsy or may give you unwanted side effects. The good news is there are other ways to help make your allergies less severe without having to take medication. Check out the tips below to help keep your allergies at bay and help you enjoy the outdoors again.

Use An Anti-Allergy Detergent

Mold spores and pollen can take up residence on your clothing and if not properly laundered can stay in the fabric. The first step in laundering your clothes is giving them a good shake to dislodge all of the pollen and debris off that you can. Next, wash them with an anti-allergy detergent and tumble dry in at a hot temperature.

Invest in Pollen Resistant Clothing

As mentioned above, pollen and mold spores like to travel with you on your clothing throughout the day, so the less you acquire on you, the less your allergies will be triggered. A new fabric referred to as Microfit SX is pollen-resistant and designed to block pollen from clinging to your outwear.

Wear an Allergy Masks

When you are performing tasks that will expose you to high allergy triggers consider wearing an allergy mask. These masks are equipped with HEPA filters and can help keep a lot of pollen and spores from entering into your mouth and nasal passages. Consider using one for tasks such as yard work.

Enjoy Some Time at the Beach

This is probably one of the easiest and undoubtedly most enjoyable way to spend some time and enjoy some activities without having to worry about your allergies. Thanks to the cleansing nature of the ocean breeze areas about one -quarter mile in from the water will have less pollen and mold making allergy symptoms milder. If you enjoy exercise, running or swimming at the beach is a great way for allergy sufferers to enjoy some fresh air.

Drink Some Tart Cherry Juice

Drinking tart cherry juice releases a compound known as quercetin which is known to release histamines in the body which has the ability to reduce your allergy symptoms. So start each day with an immune system boost to reduce regular allergy symptoms.

Crank Up the AC

While it can be a relief after the winter months to open up the windows and let the fresh air in, if you are an allergy sufferer, opening the windows will let in a wide range of allergens and pollen triggering your allergy symptoms. When the warm air creeps up, shut your windows and crank up the air conditioning. Not only will it reduce the entrance of allergens, but the a/c can dehumidify the air in your home.

Learn Your Allergy Triggers

Sometimes one of the best defenses is knowing what can trigger your allergies and avoid them if possible. For example, if you like to take a daily walk or jog, plan your route in areas with fewer trees or other major allergy triggers. While you will still be exposed to these allergens by just being outdoors, at least the concentration will be less.

Don’t suffer this whole season with your allergies. Try the tips listed above to treat your symptoms with out medication and breathe a little easier.

 

 

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Age Group Most Susceptible to Developing Allergies

Currently there are approximately fifteen million Americans that are dealing with some form of food allergies. This is a large number and it doesn’t even take into account the people in the U.S. that have environmental triggers like seasonal pollens, animal allergies, etc. Allergies of this nature can present themselves in a variety of different ways whether it be an occasional sneeze and stuffy nose or a total body anaphylactic shock. Over time these allergies can improve as the body may learn that an allergy is not a harmful or dangerous substance. Many allergies, especially food, occur in children and while many do outgrow them later on, allergies can continue on for a lifetime. As an adult you can develop a food allergy at any time but most commonly these allergies are present from birth or early on. Let’s take a look at the age group that is most susceptible to developing allergies and why this is.

The Immune System Response

Our immune system is designed to protect us from things that are foreign whether it be a bacteria, virus or pathogen. We are able to consume every day foods and nutrients and these don’t bother us so why do certain foods cause an allergic reaction? It looks like food tolerance is because of ongoing exposure whether during pregnancy or by a young child as they grow up. Over time T cells are formed during consumption or exposure and without these T cells, we would typically have an immune response for anything we would eat. This is an evolutionary process. 

Common Allergen Triggers

These days there are some very common allergies, especially when it comes to foods. Peanuts, tree nuts, egg, milk and soy are all very commonly diagnosed as an allergy and many children have life threatening forms of these allergies. A number of years ago this wasn’t the case so why the big change now? Many studies have been done on this matter and it has been suggested that children are developing the most allergies because of how our food is processed and grown. New components to our food is leaving children’s immune systems unable to process what they are eating and an immune response takes place. Over time a child can grow out of these allergies but you won’t see many adults developing new peanut allergies in their forties or fifties.

Adult Allergies

Of course, while children are reported as having more allergies than adults, there are adults who have allergies that have been present since birth or they have been developed later on in life. The body does go through changes at certain points of life. For example, menopause can cause a woman’s body to change in many ways and this can even include an immune system change where certain foods or environmental triggers can become bothersome.

Children these days are being diagnosed with a number of allergies that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives or for many years. Sometimes the allergy will get better as a very young child grows and their immune system changes and develops more but this is not always the case. For some children, puberty may result in a change in allergies. Researchers are spending a good deal of time trying to understand these allergies further so better treatment and prevention can take place. For example, at one time it was suggested that pregnant women stay away from peanuts to prevent their child from developing an allergy. Currently, the advice is the opposite and it is recommended that peanuts and other high allergy foods be consumed.

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The Different Type of Allergy Tests

In just a little over a century, allergies have gone from being virtually unheard of to affecting over 50 million Americans in the present day. In fact, the word allergy wasn’t even invented until 1906.

WHAT IS AN ALLERGY?

Allergies occur when you are exposed to a substance that causes an abnormal immune system response in your body. That substance then becomes an allergen. Allergy testing has been developed to determine what allergens you are reacting to, so that you can receive effective treatment.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR INITIAL EVALUATION

Your physician will ascertain your medical history, determine what’s relevant, and evaluate your current symptoms. He or she will then complete a physical examination. Taking all of this information into account, your physician will then determine if you need allergy testing, and what type of testing is required.

CATEGORIES OF ALLERGY TESTING

Common tests include Allergy SkinTesting, Food Challenges, Medication Challenges, Aspirin Desensitization, Blood Tests, Patch Tests, and Spirometry.

  • Allergy Skin Tests – These comprehensive tests can be used to evaluate you for food, medication, seasonal, and insect allergies, such as bee stings. Suspected allergens are placed on your skin, and the results are read15 minutes later. There are two different ways your allergist can administer the suspected allergens to your skin, either by pricking it or by intradermal administration, which is placed directly underneath the skin with a small needle.
  • Food Challenges – This test is done to either confirm a food allergy or determine whether you can tolerate a food you may have been avoiding. Starting with a very small amount of the food in question, incremental doses are given with a period of observation in between. With each test, you will be under the strict supervision of your doctor in the event of an adverse reaction. This is why the testing is done in small, incremental doses.
  • Medication Challenges – As with the food challenge testing, this test will confirm an allergy to a drug or whether you can tolerate a drug you have been avoiding. Small, incremental doses are given followed by close observation by your physician in case of an adverse reaction.
  • Aspirin Desensitization – This test is done over the course of a few days. Small, incremental doses are given with the goal of enabling you to tolerate aspirin. This test would be conducted if you suffer from an aspirin-induced, chronic respiratory disease.
  • Blood Tests – If you require more specific testing than a skin test can provide or a skin test is inappropriate for you, blood testing will be administered. If you have a skin rash that would interfere with reading skin test results, you are on certain medications that cannot be discontinued for the duration of a skin test, or you have been diagnosed with dermatographism, blood tests may be ordered. Dermatographism is commonly known as skin writing. These patients develop hive-like lesions from lightly scratching their skin.
  • Patch Tests – If you have been diagnosed with contact dermatitis, this test will show what your triggers are. Patches are placed on your back for 48 hours, and they are read anywhere from two to ten days later.
  • Spirometry – This a test to determine if your allergies have caused you to develop asthma. You will be instructed to inhale deeply and then exhale into a tube that measures your lung function.

There are many theories for the meteoric rise of allergy symptoms, including identifying industrialization as the root cause. In the interim, however, diagnosis and treatment has evolved to include the many different types of allergy testing we have available today.

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The Number of Autism Diagnosis Each Year

A Target That Seems To Move

Autism Spectrum Disorder has a broad definition, and it is only recently that codified understanding of the disorder has begun to become prevalent. Currently, approximately 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism. In 2010, 3,999,386 infants were born in the United States. At a ratio of 1/68, that would come to 58,814.5 new cases of autism.

Complicating the issue is previous estimates of autism. In the 1980s, autism was only diagnosed in about 1 out of 10,000. As can be seen, there is a massive difference between 1/68 and 1/10,000. However, some of that disparity results from means by which autism is categorized. When the disorder was first noted in modern medicine, it was often confused with schizophrenia. The years have seen greater understanding of autism than there has been; but this change in diagnosis isn’t quite enough to justify the massive difference in numbers.

The Rising Tide Of Autism

Autism is statistically on the rise, and as yet there is no concrete answer why. The blame game is heavy here, with fingers pointing at diet, nutrition, poverty, technology, chemicals associated with vaccinations, and poor parenting. In reality the truth may be that autism results from a confluence of such things, which themselves seem to be on the increase. Poverty and poor nutrition are increasingly widespread through foodstuffs replacing sound supplements, and economic fluidity. Meanwhile, technology is more pernicious than ever. There will be very few reading this who have not at some time seen a young child with a tablet, smartphone, or other electronic device. There has been shown to be a link between screen time and susceptibility to autism; at least according to Psychology Today.

But then there is also a hereditary link to autism as well. Engineers and scientists are scientifically more likely to have autistic traits. If this is true, it can be expected that a family of engineers and scientists will be more likely to have autistic children. However, the prevalence of the condition, and its expansion, seem to indicate there are preventable factors in play. That is to say: there are things modern society does today which are to some degree stimulating the spread of autistic tendencies. As yet the full scope of such possibly influential behaviors have not been nailed down, but there are treatments which have been shown to decrease the severity of autistic symptoms. Certain diets which restrict gluten and casein have been observed to reduce how severe autistic symptoms are.

Complications And Cures?

As you can see, anything and everything about autism has a high degree of complication. This is one reason it’s described as a spectrum disorder. Some children with autism are just inverted socially and a little incidentally estranged. Some children are so deep into the spectrum their only means of ingesting sustenance is a feeding tube. Though there are increasing treatments available, as yet the condition is not known to be curable. Still, some parents have developed strategies that seem to have worked. This woman had a husband who was a Ph. D., and claims she and he managed to cure their son primarily through catching the condition early and using proper dietary strategies.

Continuing Developments

There is success being experienced in terms of autism research, but it is taking time. If you are a parent with a child who suffers from autism spectrum disorder, there is hope. The internet represents one of the finest resources at your disposal, and you are not alone. There is a community out there that wants to help you, and more is becoming understood.

 

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Common Allergies

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Chronic illness plagues millions of people every year. One of the more common triggers of persistent illness is allergy-related. Over 50 million people in the United States struggle annually with allergies. Billions of dollars have already been allocated to treat allergy-stricken Americans. Avoid needless suffering and unwelcome medical costs by learning of the various allergy types, their triggers and how to avoid them.

Common Allergen Types

Do you know what elements can play a part in triggering an allergic reaction? Types of allergens can be divided into four categories. Below is a listing and description of allergen triggers that can invoke potential chronic problems in the future:

Food Allergies

Common food allergic reactions are triggered by milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and types of shellfish.

The most common allergic reaction trigger in infants and young children is caused by cow’s milk. In recent years, for adults, an increase of awareness in wheat allergies that cause bloating and other worrisome symptoms has given rise to offerings of “gluten-free options” in the marketplace. Many restaurants have gluten-free food lists or separate menus to serve their wheat-allergic patrons.

Drug Allergies

Some drugs that prompt allergic reactions include: balsam of Peru, tetracycline, penicillin, local anesthetics, Dilantin, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.

Calamine lotion, surgical dressings, dental cement, hemorrhoid suppositories and even medicine used to treat diaper rash can contain balsam of Peru in the ingredients. Other dentistry materials may also have the drug in their make-up. It may behoove you to ask your dentist about this specific element before undergoing any dental procedures.

Environmentally Triggered Allergies

Allergen triggers that can be attributed to your specific environment include pollen, animals, insect bites/stings, scents (perfumes or lotions), types of water, dust mites, and molds.

Close to 10 percent of all people are afflicted with dog allergies. Dander, urine, saliva, pollen, or dust that finds its way onto your furry companion are factors that can trigger troubling reactions. A skin condition called aquagenic pruritus is in effect an allergy to contact with water. For those who are allergic, water contact can trigger some irritating skin-affecting symptoms.

Contact Allergies

Various substances that make contact with your skin, hair, nails or various glands can cause allergy symptoms. Latex, hair dye, henna ink, hair waving mixtures, nail polish and soaps/shampoos are items that some people are allergic to.

The type of henna ink used in henna tattoos can determine if a reaction occurs. Henna ink that has an extra ingredient called PPA or Phenylenediamine can be dangerous to uninformed people who may not realize they are allergic to that specific ingredient. Make sure to ask the henna artist if they know the ingredients found in their henna ink.

What do allergic reaction symptoms look like?

Are you unsure as to what an allergic reaction looks like? Check below to see if you have experienced any of these allergy-related symptoms:

Food Allergy Symptoms:

  • digestive issues
  • skin reactions like hives
  • swollen airways or tongue
  • cramping
  • brain fog (common with gluten allergies)
  • vomiting (especially related to milk allergies)

Drug Allergy Symptoms:

  • skin rashes
  • itchy skin or hives
  • fever (this symptom may be a significant sign to determine what type of allergic reaction)

Environmental Symptoms:

  • a cough
  • itchy/watery eyes
  • a runny nose
  • difficulty breathing
  • sneezing
  • wheezing

Contact Symptoms:

  • skin irritation
  • red rash at the point of contact
  • life-threatening shock (in severe cases of latex allergies)

Look for the signs. If you know the triggers, you can come up with a prevention plan. If you’ve experienced any one of these symptoms it may be time to visit a medical professional.

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The Purpose of NIIW (National Infant Immunization Week)

 

For one week each year, National Infant Immunization Week takes place at the end of April. This is an annual observance that is dedicated to highlighting how important it is to immunize your young children as a way of protecting them from a number of vaccine preventable diseases. Also, achievements that have taken place over a number of years are celebrated as are the partners in the medical field that contribute to this event each year. Since 1994 this event has taken place in hundreds of different communities all across the United States. Vaccinating your child helps to protect your children as well as other children in the community and it helps control our public health situation. Let’s take a look at how vaccinations help your infants and children:

Life Threatening Diseases

Vaccinations have been developed over the years to protect infants and other children from becoming ill with life threatening conditions or illnesses that could permanently affect their health for the rest of their lives. The current vaccination schedule that is recommended by the American Board of Pediatrics includes vaccines for things like measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, polio, diphtheria and more. These vaccinations are scheduled throughout the first couple years of a child’s life. Some may be required prior to a child entering daycare at the age of six weeks old and boosters are also needed later on in life to continue a child’s protection against a disease. There are some conditions that for many people, would not be life threatening such as measles. However, there are always complications associated with these conditions and you can never predict what the outcome would be for your child.

Controlling The Population

When people of any age routinely get their immunizations or their booster shots, this will help protect the community as a whole. Without these vaccinations we would not have certain diseases eradicated. This also helps protect the demographics that are more at risk for complications associated with these diseases like infants, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. At one point in time things like polio were very prevalent and many people died or were permanently disabled because of these diseases. Once people began to vaccinate against these diseases it slowed things down and eventually, got rid of these issues. Our country doesn’t see polio cases the way hospitals did decades ago.

Talking With Your Doctor

Some people have concerns with vaccines whether it be because of the schedule involved or because of the ingredients of an immunization. It is important to speak with your child’s doctor in order to find out more so you will feel comfortable with the process. There are sometimes changes that can be made to the schedule if need be and you will be able to work with your doctor’s office to immunize your child properly before they enter school in the future. It is important to have a pediatrician that you trust and that will help keep your children safe as they grow up. Their advice is important and should be able to be trusted.

This year National Infant Immunization Week will take place at the very end of April and everyone is encouraged to spread the word and participate any way that you can. If you have young children or are pregnant you are encouraged to speak with your pediatrician to find out more about the importance of vaccinating as well as the current recommended vaccination schedule in your state. Protecting your infants is important so they will be able to thrive and continue to grow and learn as they get older.

 

 

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Understanding Allergy Diagnoses

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Allergies are a very common problem. One in five Americans have symptoms of allergies or asthma, and over half of people tested for allergies test positive for one or more allergies. Despite the commonness of allergies, it can be difficult to understand your allergy diagnosis.

Medical History and Symptoms

Your allergy diagnosis will begin with your doctor taking a medical history and asking you about your symptoms. They will also perform a physical exam to check for any common allergy symptoms.

Allergic Rhinitis

If your allergy symptoms involve a runny or stuffy nose and itchy eyes, you are most likely suffering from allergic rhinitis. These can include pets, pollen, dust, and mold. Your doctor may choose to treat you with medication and forego further testing. Your doctor may be able to tell you what you are most likely to be allergic to based on your symptoms and when they occur.

Drug and Insect Allergies

Drug allergies and allergies to insect stings can cause itching, swelling, hives, and anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening condition that can cause nausea, a severe drop in blood pressure, severe breathing difficulty, unconsciousness, and death. These allergies are easily identified because you will develop symptoms after being exposed to your allergen. If you are diagnosed with one of these allergens, you will need to take great care to avoid them.

Allergy Testing

Allergy testing is needed when a medical history and exam isn’t enough to make a diagnosis. They can be performed to diagnose any type of allergy.

Skin Prick Test

A skin prick test is an accurate way to diagnose most allergies, including those caused by environmental allergens, food, and contact allergies. The doctor will place a small amount of the allergen on your skin and prick or scratch it. If you are allergic to the substance, you will develop swelling, redness, and itching at the site within fifteen minutes. A positive test result means that you are likely allergic to the substance.

Blood Tests

Blood tests can be useful when you are taking medications to manage your allergy symptoms or you have very sensitive skin. The doctor will draw your blood. Then the lab will expose your blood to your suspected allergens. They then measure the amount of antibodies your body produces in response to the allergen.

Patch Test

The patch test is generally used when your doctor suspects that you have contact dermatitis. The doctor will place the allergen on your skin and apply a bandage. After 24-48 hours, the doctor will remove the bandage and check for any reaction. Redness and itching at the site means that you are allergic to the substance. The patch test can also be used with trays. The tray has small compartments that contain different allergens. This is an effective way to test for multiple skin allergies at once.

 

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What are the different types of pollen

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As we roll into spring and then the summer months (they’ll be here before you know it), the presence of pollen in the air starts to become a concern for millions of Americans. In fact, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (the AAFA), about 18 million adults and 7 million kids will be affected each year by dust and pollen. It is helpful to know what kind of pollen is in the atmosphere, and the sources from which they derive.

Grass – Ryegrass Pollen

Even if you didn’t know the name before now, if you’ve ever been to a rural area where farmland is abundant and the vegetation is lush, then you’ve likely seen the tall green stalks of ryegrass. Although there are ryegrass extracts that are marketed to help with noncancerous enlarged prostate glands, the natural pollen can cause allergic reactions in those susceptible to it.

Grass – Timothy Grass Pollen

This pollen derives as the offshoot of a grass that grows up to four feet tall. The spores are especially small, and you may inhale them without knowing it – only to be beset by a mild to serious allergic reaction later in the day. Allergy season for Timothy grass pollen generally starts in June and ends a month later.

Tree Pollen

Tree Pollen is of a wide variety, and includes Willow, Hazelnut, Cedar, Hornbeam, Birch, Alder, Olive and more. Early spring is the harbinger, which is around very late March. Usually the dust is even smaller than grass pollen, and so can be carried very far on the wind. An interesting fact is that trees that bear flowers tend to have larger pollen grains, which don’t trigger allergies nearly as much since they can’t easily be carried on the wind.

The closer you live to tress such as Cottonwood or Elm, the more likely you could be subject to allergies caused by their airborne pollen. The good news is that there are alerts as when the pollen count is high, and all you have to do is avoid being outside unprotected during those times (as well as keeping your windows and doors shut). Also – avoid eating the fruits from such trees, as they can trigger your propensity to getting an allergic reaction from the pollen.

Weed Pollen

Weeds are plants that pollinate, too, and the some of the ones to watch out for are Ragweed, Sorrel, Mugwort, Goosefoot and Nettle weeds.

In particular, Mugwort weed releases very allergenic pollen that derives from a 6-foot tall plant in North America, Asia and Europe. You’ll find it in rural areas and places where the terrain is rough; where a hardy plant is required in order to survive. In North America, pollen season for Mugwort is from late summer to early fall – not very long. However, it is known to cause oral allergy syndrome and hay fever.

Nettle actually comes in a large variety of weeds; all of which generally possess small spikes. There’s the Stinging Nettle, Dwarf Nettle, California Nettle and Dog Nettle as examples. Strangely enough, nettle leaves can also be used to help relieve allergies when made as a tea – it has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. In its pure form, however, the pollen it releases can cause you to sneeze all summer long.

For the most part, the types of pollen that exist are covered in the general categories of trees, grass and weed. They all have the potential to react negatively with your immune system, which treats it as a foreign object and engages an immune response.

 

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