Pollen Allergies

Pollen allergies are an allergic reaction to small grains of pollen that are carried in the air from various plants. The most common type of pollen allergy is Hay Fever, also called Allergic Rhinitis. Symptoms of pollen allergy include runny nose (or blocked nose), cough (from postnasal drip), red and ...

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Introduction: Pollen Allergies

Each spring, summer, and fall, plants release tiny pollen grains to fertilize other plants of the same species. People with allergic rhinitis or asthma aggravated by pollen have symptoms only for the period or season when the pollen grains to ...1

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Symptoms of Pollen Allergies

Symptoms in the eye include redness, itching, tearing, burning, stinging, and watery discharge, although usually not severe enough to require medical attention. ...Source: NEI (NIH)2 ...

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Complications of Pollen Allergies

Airborne Allergy

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Causes of Pollen Allergies

Causes: Allergic rhinitis is caused by an allergic reaction to an allergen, such as pollen, dust and certain animals. Oversensitive immune system If you have allergic rhinitis, your immune system - your natural defence against infection and illness - will react to ...4

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Types of Pollen Allergies

Some types of this condition may include:5 Types of Pollen Allergies:

  • Timothy grass allergy
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Diagnosis of Pollen Allergies

Diagnosis: Testing for Allergies Knowing exactly what you are allergic to can help you lessen or prevent exposure and treat your reactions. There are several tests to pinpoint allergies:

  • Allergy skin tests—Allergy skin testing provides rapid results within a ...
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Treatments: Pollen Allergies

Be Smart: Treat respiratory allergy with antihistamines, topical nasal steroids, cromolyn sodium, decongestants, or immunotherapy. ...Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH)6 ...

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Prevention of Pollen Allergies

Protecting yourself

  • Between 5:00 and 10:00 a.m., stay indoors. Save outside activities for late afternoon or after a heavy rain, when pollen levels are lower.
  • Keep windows in your home and car closed to lower exposure to ...
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Research for Pollen Allergies

Seasonal Allergy Research at NIH: Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers: In 1971, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) established its Asthma and Allergic Diseases Centers to conduct basic and clinical research on the mechanisms, diagnosis ...7

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References

  1. Source: NIAID (NIH): niaid.nih.gov/ topics/ environmental-allergies/ Pages/ cause.aspx
  2. Source: NEI (NIH): nei.nih.gov/ health/ cornealdisease
  3. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ spring15/ articles/ spring15pg26-27.html
  4. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ allergic-rhinitis/ causes/ 
  5. Source: Disease Ontology
  6. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ spring15/ articles/ spring15pg24-25.html
  7. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ spring15/ articles/ spring15pg26-27.html

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