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Is it ok to bring cut flowers in the house if pollen might be a problem?

Is it ok to bring cut flowers in the house if pollen might be a problem?

Probably not: Fresh cut flowers have pollen and might stimulate allergic reactions in susceptible people. If you know you have family or close friends or family with pollen allergies why risk making them miserable! ...Read more

Pollen (Definition)

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


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Ragweed allergy or something else? Does it even matter which pollens are the problem?

Ragweed allergy or something else?  Does it even matter which pollens are the problem?

Allergic rhinits: Allergy to pollen, ragweed or otherwise, produce the same symptoms of nasal stuffiness, sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose and eyes and puffy eyelids. Also, treatment is the same. ...Read more

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With eosinophilic disorders having problems, would one get bad pollen allergies?

Eosinophils: Some allergic disorders are asociated with elevated eosinophils, but not all allergy problems. Eosinophils can also be elevated in diseases that are not allergic in origin. Please be more specific with your questions. ...Read more

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I'm very allergic to grass pollen. If I get grass pollen in my nose does the pollen get broken down or is it always a problem until it is washed out?

I'm very allergic to grass pollen. If I get grass pollen in my nose does the pollen get broken down or is it always a problem until it is washed out?

Depends: Even if a very small part of the pollen allergens get "washed out", the allergic reaction has taken place. Even an isolated exposure can cause symptoms for many hours. ...Read more

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I want to try Ragwitek for Hay fever as opposed to allergy shots. The problem is that I am allergic to all pollens & dust. Would it help?

I want to try Ragwitek for Hay fever as opposed to allergy shots. The problem is that I am allergic to all pollens & dust. Would it help?

Yes and no: Ragwitek is an effective treatment for non severe asthmatics or others but this would only treat ragweed allergies. If this is your worst season then it is an effective treatment for those months but must be started 3 months prior. You would not be treating dust mite or other allergies you have though. If you have symptoms all year, allergy shots are more beneficial for you. ...Read more

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Can dist/pollen allergy and mild breathing problems be linked to problems and also low/no libido?

Can dist/pollen allergy and mild breathing problems be linked to problems and also low/no libido?

Definitely!: When you are sick, tired, fatigued, lack of sleep with breathing problem on top of allergies, side effects of meds, life becomes miserable! Just lying around, weak — nothing appeals to you. So the answer is YES!!! Take charge of your health, see your doctor make sure there are no other causes for libido concerns , take your meds, get up and going, life is good. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a sinus problem. Pain over left eye. Was told it could be pollen in the eye. This has persisted for two days.

What are the symptoms of a sinus problem. Pain over left eye. Was told it could be pollen in the eye. This has persisted for two days.

There : There are many reason for having unilateral pain around the eye. If it is around only one eye unlikely to be allergy. If you did not have a cold prior it is hard to say thay this is a sinus issue. You might also be experiencing a form of migraine or something directly related to the eye. Would seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I'm having horrible pollen allergy problems. I'm having a lot of noses & throat congestion. I finally got some up from my throat & it had blood?

I'm having horrible pollen allergy problems. I'm having a lot of noses & throat congestion. I finally got some up from my throat & it had blood?

A little blood?: It's not uncommon to have a little blood in your phlegm if you have been coughing a lot from your allergies. I would certainly start taking something for allergies to give you some relief. If you have been having night sweats, fever and weight loss, I would certainly see your doctor too. ...Read more

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I have a problem of pollen allergy which causes watering eyes and nose, sneezing and breathing problem. How can it be cured or any precautions?

I have a problem of pollen allergy which causes watering eyes and nose, sneezing and breathing problem. How can it be cured or any precautions?

Control not cure: While there is no cure for allergies, they can be controlled using 3 steps. 1. Identification of the particular allergen and avoidance as possible. 2 medications like antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays and 3. Allergy injections for long term relief. An allergist can assist in a plan specific for each person. ...Read more

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How come my pollen allergies get worse when I get home in the evenings?

How come my pollen allergies get worse when I get home in the evenings?

Late reaction: Some people with allergies will have a delayed reaction a few hours after exposure, in addition to the immediate reaction. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedy treatments for seasonal allergy (pollen)?

Are there any home remedy treatments for seasonal allergy (pollen)?

Yes...: Salt water washes, keeping windows closed, central air, extensive cleaning and vacuuming, washing of bed sheets, keeping pets out of the bedroom, etc. Full control might require visits to the allergist to come up with a good treatment regimen. ...Read more

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I have pollen allergies, my friend gave me a plant with flowers in it, they died and now are growing some more, should I give the plant away?or keep i

I have pollen allergies, my friend gave me a plant with flowers in it, they died and now are growing some more, should I give the plant away?or keep i

Pollen allergies : It depends on how bad your allergies are and if you are willing to take Meds to control your allergies!!!! . If you decide to take medication to control symptoms of allergies and you start having side effects, then it is not worth keeping the plant. It is your choice. Only time will tell. ...Read more

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If I'm allergic to pollen from a lot of wild flowers and have seasonal allergies from ragweed and dandelions, will I be allergic to chamomile?

If I'm allergic to pollen from a lot of wild flowers and have seasonal allergies from ragweed and dandelions, will I be allergic to chamomile?

Chamomile: Chamomile tea is recognized as containing sensitizing allergens that may cross-react with pollens from your allergy list. There are accepted skin testing procedures for this. Recommend contacting an Allergist for a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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On a high pollen count or when grass is cut. Medication is not stopping my sneezing attacks. What can I do?

On a high pollen count or when grass is cut. Medication is not stopping my sneezing attacks. What can I do?

Look to irritant : While you may have an allergic component to your events they can also be caused by the volume of irritants in the air. Having particle filters in your sleeping quarters & use of steroid nasal sprays (in season) may give you more relief than simple antihistamines. Using a nasal saline to wash out your nasal passages can also help remove any accumulated debris that would trigger an event. ...Read more

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What is a pollen count?

What is a pollen count?

Mathematical Achoo!: Great question. Pollen count measures how much pollen and what type of pollen in a cubic unit of air. When low, extremely sensitive people feel it. Moderate: many sensitive people may feel it. High: most sensitive people feel it. Very high: almost all sensitive people feel it. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How are pollen counts done?

How are pollen counts done?

Collect, microscope.: Pollen counting involves collecting the pollens and molds on specialized rods, or in special traps. These counters measure a set volume of air over a period. The rods are stained and examined under a microscope. Pollens have different characteristics that allow experts to label them as grasses, trees or weeds. Mold spores tend to stain differently and can also be identified. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pollen?

What is the definition or description of: pollen?

Plant reproduction: 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 and upper respiratory problems. ...Read more

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Can there be a link between outside pollen and foods we eat?

Pollen and food: There is no link between pollens and the food we eat. However, you may have food allergies which could cause symptoms by themselves. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pollen levels to drop off in the air outdoors?

How long does it take for pollen levels to drop off in the air outdoors?

When is goes away!: If its seasonal and outdoors, nothing to do until the pollen goes, which may be spring, summer, or fall. Rain cleans the are for several days, but levels soon rise. ...Read more

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Is there a way to know if I have a cold or a reaction to pollen in the air?

Symptoms: Colds are associated with a low grade fever, clear nasal discharge and an achy feeling which can last 5-7 days constantly. Allergy symptoms are unrelated to a fever, may have clear nasal discharge, sneezing, runny eyes and are intermittent & sporadic. ...Read more

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Pollen allergic reaction, what to do?

Pollen allergic reaction, what to do?

Keep pollens away: Eliminate exposure by using facial mask, high efficient hepa filter and vacuum your carpet more often. Use AC at home and when you drive in bad allergy season. Besides, there are OTC oral antihistamines, decongestants, and inhalers available. If not improve, talk to your doctor or allergy specialist for more potent treatments including nasal antihistamines, steroid inhaler and immuno-therapy. ...Read more

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How can seasonal pollen allergies work?

How can seasonal pollen allergies work?

Seasonal symptoms?: Pollination from grasses, weeds, and trees are seasonal. Thus depending on what you are allergic to, your symptoms would appear during the time when that particular plant (plants) pollinate. Trees tend to bloom in the spring, grasses spring/summer, weeds late summer/fall. ...Read more

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What types of pollen will trigger allergy symptoms?

What types of pollen will trigger allergy symptoms?

Trees, grass, weeds: Pollen are fertilizing grains produced by plants for propagation. Some plants use the wind to help in pollination producing massive quantities of pollen that become airborne; these include trees, grasses, and weeds. If you are prone to allergies, these plants can cause symptoms during certain seasons. Plants that make pretty, fragrant flowers attract insects for propagation & don't cause allergies. ...Read more

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Is it possible for tree pollen to cause symptoms of laryngitis?

Yes: The pollen allergy can cause increased mucous in the nose which can drip down the thraot = "post nasal drip". This sometimes causes laryngitis. If it lasts more than f a few days, see your dr. ...Read more