In Nashville the winters can be nasty, but after the snow has melted, the sun is warm and the leaves are making a return to the trees. It’s springtime! A rebirth of nature, if you will. But wait, your nose is runny and your eyes are itchy and red. Welcome to the spring allergy season.
Very simply stated, allergies are a disorder of ones immune system caused by hypersensitivity. They are caused by things which would normally be deemed harmless in an everyday environment.
The variety of materials that cause the response are referred to as allergens. In Tennessee and the Nashville area, spring means the appearance of leaves and pollens released into the air. The most common form of a spring allergy is hay fever. It effects up to thirty five million Americans alone each year. Some of the more common sources of pollen are Maple, Willow, Cedar and Ash trees. These are among only some of the many trees which will affect you. A variety of grasses and weeds may also be the culprit.
Another source of spring allergies is mold. Spores released into the spring breeze will cause very similar symptoms as those from pollen.Mold in the outdoors are released as seeds from mildew and yeast. This should not be confused with indoor mold that can occur anytime of year and also cause an allergic reaction.
It should be noted, that sometimes other ailments associated with the weather change can be mistaken for a spring allergy. A simple common cold as as example, can cause the same symptoms. Therefore, to be certain you are, in fact, suffering from a springtime allergy you should consult a physician or allergist in Nashville. Most of the time a simple injection in the arm of the suspected allergen will react in the form of a hive confirming the diagnosis. Failing this, a blood test might also be required.
Should you find yourself suffering from a spring allergy, the best protection you can provide is keeping windows and doors closed, staying indoors as much as possible, especially during high pollen count periods and showering frequently when outside for extended periods.
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