Beware of These Seasonal Allergy Triggers

Tissues. Eye drops. Antihistamine. The seasonal allergy survival kit is all too familiar in our home. Following the progression of allergy symptoms in my kids and myself, I've gained a greater understanding of the fact that not all allergy symptoms are the same. While I'm barely able to catch my breath following a succession of 15 rapid fire sneezes, my youngest son's runny nose sniffles are endless, ever-flowing nasal drips. Environmental elements and seasonal fruits and veggies have the potential of increasing Hay Fever allergic reactions. Maintain your stock of allergy survival kit essentials and beware of these seasonal allergy triggers, especially with little ones encountering first-time exposure to new experiences.

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Beware of These Seasonal Allergy Triggers

Strange, but true, my mother never, ever believed for even a second, that I was telling the truth when I told her that eating apples, melon slices, or especially carrot sticks would make my throat feel itchy whenever I was served these fruits and veggies. As a notoriously picky eater, my mother considered this to be part of my ongoing mealtime saga. Honestly, the fact that I even suffered from allergy symptoms was never even acknowledged. As a mom myself, I've learned to observe and recognize symptoms of allergic reactions my kids experience. We manage through allergy season with 24 hour over-the-counter antihistamines and ChildLife Aller-Care supplements 

Fruits & Veggies

Oral-Allergy Syndrome (OAS), also referred to as Pollen-Food Allergy syndrome as it’s also known, happens when our immune system reacts to similar proteins in certain foods and pollen. Reaction symptoms are typically mild, including itching and/or swelling of the mouth, lips, and throat. Parents and caregivers should be aware that these reactions can develop in toddlers following first exposure to seasonal ragweed, tree or grass pollen. 


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Pollen Count Forecasts


Hay Fever allergic reactions are generally set off by airborne pollen allergens. Monitoring daily pollen count levels and weather forecasts with American Academy of Allergy and Asthma Immunology's (AAAAI) National Allergy Bureau (NAB), help to alert allergy sufferers when particular pollen counts are predicted to be higher than normal, preparing for potential allergy triggers. When taken prior to coming up against the heartless effects of pollen, antihistamines and supplements can work to diminish the severity of symptoms.

Chlorine 

Sensitive, itchy eyes and noses are more likely to feel the effects of irritation when swimming in chlorinated pools. Irritants such as chlorine have been known to cause asthma symptoms treated which make appropriate asthma medication essential to keep readily accessible if needed. Appropriate doses of antihistamine before swimming in pools treated with chlorine will act to treat and prevent seasonal allergy symptoms.

Mold 

Avoiding the presences of mold indoors and outdoors is no easy task. Taking action to prevent the growth of mold in your home by reducing moisture and humidity is your first line of defense. Not always visible upon observation, mold allergy symptoms include congestion, nasal drip, sneezing, eye irritation, coughing, itchiness, or asthma symptoms.


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