Allergies and You

What is Pollen and which ones cause allergies?

Posted by Christine Handler-Kralits on

What is Pollen and which ones cause allergies?

Each spring, summer, and fall, tiny pollen grains are released from trees, weeds, and grasses. Some of these pollens enters human noses and throats and in some people it triggers a type of seasonal allergic rhinitis called pollen allergy, commonly known as hay fever. The type of allergens in the pollen is the main factor that determines whether the pollen is likely to cause hay fever. Most allergenic pollens are small, light, and dry so it can be carried by wind sometimes for very long distances. For example, Ragweed pollen has been collected 400 miles out at sea and 2...

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What is an Allergy and why are some people Allergic ?

Posted by Christine Handler-Kralits on

What is an Allergy and why are some people Allergic ?

An allergy is a specific reaction by the body's immune system to a normally harmless substance. Some types of allergens that cause reactions include: Pollen House and Dust Mites Mold Spores Food Latex Rubber Insect Venom Medicines   Why are some people allergic? Scientists think that some people inherit a tendency, sensitivity to be allergic from one or both parents, however, people don't inherit a tendency to be allergic to any specific allergen. What is an allergic reaction? The immune system functions as the body's defence system against invading germs like bacteria and viruses. It's when the body's immune system over...

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