United States: While the spring equinox has just been sprung, pollen levels have actually run high. A Portland-area physician is quoted saying that seasonal allergies can be most effectively prevented based on the scientist’s evaluation.

KOIN 6 meteorologist Kelley Bayern has already clarified that as dry and warm as the weather has been in Portland, we can expect high levels of pollen, actually, the past week experienced just that situation.

However, the area witnessed pollen coming to the rise since mid-February, approximately a month earlier than the natural starting date of spring.

The pollen count is already very high

Despite the rain being predicted during the next couple of days, Dr. Mark Chan —the allergy and immunology specialist for Kaiser Permanente Northwest, nevertheless stated that pollen counts will be “quite high” whenever sunny days return to the area.

Several forms of irritation faced by many

A runny nose or sneezing faculty is more likely to occur than eye irritation in allergies.

Chan said that allergies from pollen are mainly concentrated in the ear, nose, and throat areas if the irritation is severe enough, one’s lungs can be affected, causing coughing or wheezing or even worsening one’s asthma case, KOIN 6 reported.

Preventive measures, as per an expert

Visual Representation – Pollen Allergy. Credit | Getty images

Chan added, “When you’re outdoors, still, maybe think about wearing a mask that could help filter some of the particles of pollen so the burden is less for you,” and, “When you get back into (your) home… change your clothes, maybe shower [or] rinse off. Get that pollen out of your body,” as KION 6 News reported.

As suggested by Chan, keeping the allergens away from your home, keeping the windows closed, and using an air purifier could help keep the surrounding air clean.

Another option is using over-the-counter remedies for the season, as experts suggested medications such as Loratadine or Fexofenadine, which are not like Benadryl, as they don’t have drowsiness as a side effect.

Many allergy symptoms can mimic those that one could encounter when they have COVID-19, the flu, or a different respiratory disease. On the other hand, the doctor mentioned that allergy symptoms often present with sneezing, whereas a high fever is usually a sickness indicator.

Additionaly, Chan said people must consider contacting a doctor in case their allergies, or in case of the possible symptoms of allergies, which seems to not control even after taking the medicine, as well as the other protective measures.

He said, “There could be other treatment opportunities they can offer you, or to make sure there’s nothing else going on.”


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