The Menacing Threat to Summer: Pollen


Andrew Guerin, Staffer

It’s a beautiful day outside, schools have finally let out there caged students to experience Summer and its majesty. The scent of flowers and cut grass dance through the air. The repeated motion to scratch your eyes and blow your nose. This is Summer. This is also nightmare.

Is it worth it to go outside and experience summer under the sun’s rays and surrounded by plants? The answer in my opinion is no.

An article on WebMD called, “Plagued by Pollen” by Miranda Hitti says, “Hay fever is not the only kind of spring allergy, but it is the most common. As many as 50 million people in the United States have allergies — and nearly 36 million of them have hay fever, says the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).”

Allergies are a pain to deal with and often we wish what ever is causing them in our body to stop, however allergies are caused by our Immune system due to the small particles of pollen being treated as an invader to the body.

On the site, “Healthline” there’s an articles called “What is a Pollen Allergy” it says, “In people with pollen allergies, the immune system mistakenly identifies the harmless pollen as a dangerous intruder. It begins to produce chemicals to fight against the pollen…This is known as an allergic reaction, and the specific type of pollen that causes it is known as an allergen. The reaction leads to numerous irritating symptoms, such as: sneezing, stuffy nose, watery eyes.”

Allergies are annoying to deal with, but what can we do about them?

An article on the website called “The Mayo Clinic” called, “Seasonal Allergies: Nip them in the bud” gives reliable ways to avoid suffering an allergic reaction. The article says, “To reduce your exposure to the things that trigger your allergy signs and symptoms (allergens): Stay indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air. Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening chores that stir up allergens. Remove clothes you’ve worn outside and shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair. Don’t hang laundry outside — pollen can stick to sheets and towels. Wear a pollen mask if you do outside chores.”

Pollen allergies suck, so stay indoors this Summer and have fun without an annoying allergy ruining your day.