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How Come My Pollen Allergies Get Worse When I Get Home In The Evenings
Pollen is the equivalent of sperm for a plant. It is a genetically active product, seen on flowers usually, which the plants with the assistance of birds, bats and insects as well as the wind, uses to fertilize the egg of the plant to ensure a next generation. It also can be irritating, functioning as an allergen, leading to sneezing ...Read more
Does allergy get worse when exposed to pollen even if i take antihistamine and feel ok? I mean the underlying longterm immunological cause of allergy
Allergy progression: No one really knows why allergies sometimes get worse with time and often get better over time. Clearly, they can and do change. In order to have an allergy, you first have to have the gene to respond to the allergen. You're born with that. After that, things like bacterial exposures and allergy exposures can cause you to react but there's no way to predict it. Shots can change it downward though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I experience nasal stuffiness during the day due to tree pollen allergies,but symptoms get worse at night (when pollen count is lower). Any ideas why?
Position/activity: During the day, you are more active. you are up, around, doing things. At night, especially when you are in bed, you are less active and lying supine (on your back). This decrease in activity and your position in bed may both contribute to worse congestion at night. The other thing that I would consider is that your bed may be filled with allergens. Wash your bedclothes and see what happens. ...Read more
As early as needed: It is hard to diagnose pollen allergies in a baby, particularly one that is exposed to viruses in daycare and may do a lot of sneezing due to infections. Skin testing can be done at any age, but the immune system doesn't start making allergic antibodies until about six months of age. If there are allergic symptoms and positive skin tests before that, it is due to antibodies transferred from mom. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As I get older, I seem to be developing more spring pollen allergies. Is this possible, and how can I manage these?
Absolutely: Dear G-absolutely, you are prime age for developing allergies. Especially if you are a newcomer to the midwest. You may have a temporary reprieve for 1-2 yrs, but likely you'd become allergic to local allergens. Start with 1 or more otc products (antihistamines, decongestants, topical steroids). Too weak? See allergist. PS Suggest no montelukast for you; rarely depression and suicide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there an allergy shot for things like pollen in the spring and fall i can get without having to do a bunch of tests?
No: First you need to identify the specific allergens with skin test or blood test for specific ige before you can be treated. There is no universal allergy treatment to cover all things you are allergic to. The testing is really not such a big deal since even a 5 year-old can handle it. ...Read more
Doesn't work: Taking local honey for pollen allergy doesn't really work. Most honey is processed and doesn't contain much pollen. While raw honey contains some pollen and bee parts, it is not necessarily the pollens that people are allergic to. Allergenic pollens are primarily wind-borne not what bees carry back to the hives. ...Read more
Move- but: It is nearly impossible to get rid of pollen exposure unless you confine yourself to a room with purified area (HEPA or AC) . If the symptoms are severe, allergy shots would be a good solution by modifying your body's allergic response to them since living in a bubble is not the option most people choose. See allergist. ...Read more
Not really: Bees generally don't make pollen allergies worse, but people can be allergic to bee stings. Bee sting allergy is due to an allergy to the insect venom injected during a sting. The pollens that bees transport while gathering nectar from flowers are from predominantly insect-pollinated plants, and these pollens don't cause allergy symptoms. Wind pollinated plants generally cause allergy symptoms. ...Read more
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
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