What Are Pollen Allergies and How Can You Manage Them?

Pollen allergies are a response from an allergic
individual against pollen. In terms of the pollen that causes pollen
allergies, it’s generally the wind pollenated plants. Trees will pollenate in the spring. Grasses will pollenate in the summer. Weeds will pollenate in the fall, and when
the pollen is blowing around, that is when it can land in individuals’ noses, eyes and
cause problems. Symptoms of Pollen Allergies The main symptoms of pollen allergies are
going to be nasal symptoms and ocular symptoms. So, in terms of the nose, pollen can cause
nasal itchiness, sneezing, runny nose, post nasal drip, and nasal congestion. And then in terms of the eyes, it will cause,
generally, watery, itchy and/or red eyes. In somebody with asthma, allergies can trigger
asthma so when pollen when inhaled can actually trigger an asthma flare. And similarly in somebody who is very allergic
if they’re rolling around in the grass, when they’re grass allergic they can develop hives
on their skin. How to Diagnose Pollen Allergies So important in the testing of pollen allergies
is a clinical history so we will take a clinical history from patients finding out exactly
when they have their symptoms and that can give us a big clue at least in terms of the
different seasons that plants pollenate. We have skin prick testing where a drop of
a specific allergen is placed on the skin and poked through and we look for a response
locally on the skin to suggest a patient might be allergic. Similarly, we can do specific IGE testing
which is a blood test looking for presence of the allergic antibody. Treatment Options for Pollen Allergies Treatment for pollen allergies generally starts
with avoidance. So, we don’t patients avoid an entire season
outdoors, but we will tell them to look at pollen counts and maybe avoid the high pollen
count days in terms of going out for their picnic in the park. Also, when they get back home from those picnics,
if they can�t avoid the pollen then really taking a shower, changing clothes, irrigating
out the nose and getting the pollen out of there. Similarly, in terms of medication, we have
medications for the nose, so nasal sprays, some are over the counter, some of which are
found by prescription only and similarly with oral medications as well. And then of coarse there is allergy shots
which is the closest thing we can to do to make you unallergic to a pollen. Visit njhealth.org/allergy for tips on how
to alleviate your pollen allergies.

39 thoughts on “What Are Pollen Allergies and How Can You Manage Them?

  1. I found a way to dela with it when it starts up in the spring. Shave your beard and shave all your hair off.

  2. Yesterday I went outside & suddenly started having allergic reaction to dust which I never had before. Now my whole body skin is swollen. I don't understand what to do

  3. I found a way to dela with it when it starts up in the spring. Shave your beard and shave all your hair off.

  4. My allergy is so strong I have all the symptoms and my medisine isn’t working. I felt like I was dying at school today.

  5. Watching this because my freaking eyes feel like they are on fire due to this pollen season! Dear pollen, roses are red, violets are blue, I have 5 fingers, the middle one is for you!

  6. I don’t know if I liked or disliked im crying and I have red eyes so I can’t see if I clicked the like or dislike – button. Sorry if I disliked

  7. I always get them during this time of year and it really sucks. I really hate Spring! I can't wait for it to be over. Worst season ever!

  8. i take six zyrtecs and six nasal sprays a day during spring. i also use tissue and nosk filters frequently. california's pollen levels are too high.

  9. i have suffered 14 years with allergies nothing hurts anymore
    you see these battle scars right!

  10. I remember when i was little boy one time my allergies where bothering me so bad one of my eyes closed shut on me and my mom had to take me to the doctor

  11. When I was small i told my friends I was allergic to pollen and then they just push a flower in my nose srly

  12. Great video! Just as an aside, I don't understand why do many hospitals and medical centers are tied to a religion. I've witnessed many Catholic based care centers and it always seems odd to me. The scientific method that has brought about the medical revolution of the past century and a half seems to be at odds with the superstitious nature of every religion. Throughout history, many religions have treated scientific works as heresy. I should do some research…

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