Hot Coco and a Stuffy Nose

Fall and winter just around the corner, beautiful things come: colorful leaves, perfect breezes–and of course, allergies.

Allergy season is here. Every school has their fair share of students blowing their nose or coughing. But why does this happen?

Outdoor allergies are simple to understand. In the spring, there is pollen. However, winter is not the prime growing season so pollen does not spread as much. I mean, how many flowers do you see? Not that many.

Turns out, highly developed countries are hit harder with allergies that Third World Countries. Many theories have surfaced that is might have something to do with urban life and development.

With the nice, cool breeze, what person does not want to step outside during autumn? However, like spring and summer, fall can be a peak for outdoor allergies. I’m not talking about pollen; I’m talking about pollution. Common air pollutants, such as ozone, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide can act like irritants and be harmful. Another factor of air pollution is diesel exhaust from cars. Studies have shown that diesel exhaust enhances the ability of the allergy antibody in response to exposure to the irritants. This makes people more prone to allergies.

Once winter comes around, we are stuck indoors and prone to more indoor irritants in the air. One indoor pollutant is tobacco smoke. Second hand smoking can cause a lot of respiratory problems and illnesses. More common, indoor pollutants are dander and dust mites.

So how can we reduce the symptoms of these allergies in a nice and easy way?

Well, carpooling reduces the amount of diesel exhaust in the air caused by multiple cars. Also, keeping dander down, such as pet dander, can reduce the risk of indoor allergies. Regularly grooming your pets and vacuuming the house is a good habit.

Source: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=17112

 

OnAir says: Have you got allergies? How are you coping with the season? Let us know in the comments!

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