How to Prevent Pine Allergy?
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology more than 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Pollen allergies constitute a major part of seasonal allergies.
is rare and affects about 1-3% of the population.
For a long time, pine pollen did not make it to the list of pollen offenders responsible for the various allergy symptoms. It was thought that the yellowish sap like sticky particles were too big and heavy. They could not possibly enter the nasal cavity and cause irritation. However, research has proven that it is capable of causing hypersensitivities in certain individuals.
Allergy is essentially an auto immune response of the body where it considers the otherwise harmless pollen grain to be harmful and the body releases histamine in response. Hence, the body sets forth the various symptoms.
Symptoms of Pine Allergy
- Persistent and uncontrolled sneezing to expel the excess histamine in the body.
- Inflammation of face and eyelids.
- Watery, itchy and red eyes.
- Runny nose.
- Nasal and chest congestion.
- Itchy feeling in the throat.
- Rashes on skin.
Skin Prick test is used to detect this allergy. The particular allergen is introduced in the skin and certain reactions confirm the diagnosis. Blood tests are also used for the same purpose.
The medication used for the treatment of the discussed allergy symptoms is generally one of the following or a combination of the following.
Antihistamines work by blocking the excess histamine produced by the body. It works best if taken a little ahead of the allergy season. It relieves almost all the symptoms and is easily available over the counter. Medicines like Tylenol, Claritin, Zyrtec, Benadryl are a few of the well known ones.
These work by reducing the inflammation of the nasal cavity and throat. The mucous membranes of the nasal passage get swollen with the excess accumulation of phlegm like fluids in its cavity. It makes it difficult to breath sometimes in this condition. Decongestants relieves such symptoms and when combined with antihistamines, they make a potent formula. Sudafed, Zyrtec-D, Claritin-D are some of the common ones.
Nasal Corticosteroid sprays:
These nasal sprays too work by reducing inflammations and bring immediate relief. They could very well prevent and delay the onset of asthma due to worsening of allergy symptoms. Nasonex, Rhinocort, Flonase are a few of the nasal sprays available.
- Pollen from the pines is heavy and sticky. They cannot travel far and is mostly deposited near the tree. If you have the allergy, it is important to get rid of the trees from your yard. Having them will only make things worse.
- Use hard wood flooring. Carpet traps a lot more of the said allergen.
- Wet mop floors to eliminate it from your living space.
- Keep doors and windows closed.
- Invest in a strong HEPA enabled vacuum cleaner to remove dust carrying allergen.
- Watch out for the pollen count and remain indoors when the count is high.
- Use air filters to filter away dust and allergen.
- Go outdoors wearing a pollen mask because pine trees are all over the place in the United States.
- Be sure to keep your outdoor furniture and vehicle covered. Open surfaces catch a lot of the stick yellow pollen when situated near the said trees.
Christmas Trees and Pine Allergy
A lot of people avoid the beautiful Christmas tradition of putting up a Christmas tree which is always a pine tree because of fear of related allergies. It is a myth and can never be the source of allergens.
- Firstly, Christmas is not in the pollen season.
- Mold spores on the tree bark grows more vigorously when kept in the heated indoors.
- The pine scent is sometimes responsible for the allergies experienced.