Dealing with Allergies and Allergic Reactions

Health Tips presented by Tellier Guardian Pharmacy: March 29th, 2017

What causes spring allergies?

Why do you constantly sniffle when the weather gets warm? Here’s what’s happening in your body when spring allergies hit, and what you can do to curb your symptoms

Ah, spring. It’s that wonderful time of year when the temperature starts to rise and everything is in bloom. But for many Canadians, it also marks the beginning of spring allergy season – A time of runny noses, itchy eyes and constant sneezing. Allergy symptoms may last right through summer, depending on what you’re allergic to – with trees, grass, molds and ragweed being the most common culprits.  Allergens in the air change from year to year so sometimes people will have symptoms one year and not the next- it all depends on what allergen is in the air.  According to the Allergy Asthma Information Association, approximately 25% of Canadians suffer from allergic rhinitis (better known as ‘hay fever’).

Anatomy of an allergic reaction

People inherit a certain genetic disposition towards allergies, explains Dr. Waserman. So the tendency to be allergic is passed from parents to children. During allergy season, your body has an immune reaction when exposed to different allergens and forms allergy-specific antibodies (called immunoglobulins), which sit on cells in your eyes, nose, lungs and skin. The next time you come into contact with a particular allergen, your body reacts by releasing chemicals called histamines, leading to an allergic reaction.

Before you can treat allergies or try to avoid the cause of your flare-ups, you need to identify what’s causing your symptoms.  A scratch test is a great way to see what your body is reacting to.  Some tips to prevent allergy flare ups include:

  1. Staying Inside
  2. Using an Air Filter
  3. Changing Your Clothes After Being Outside

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