I’VE GOT A (HAY) FEVER, AND THE ONLY PRESCRIPTION IS…
As winter draws closer to its end, many mixed feelings begin to emerge. Spring in all of its glory brings rain showers, chirping birds, green grass, flowers, pollen, and, for some unfortunate people, seasonal hay fever.
Hay fever: it’s a name that’s been thrown around so often it has lost its impact. Non-sufferers do not fully comprehend the effect it can have on life. Hay fever, or Rhinitis, occurs when the body’s immune system becomes too sensitive to a stimulant it perceives as a threat. Resulting symptoms can include:
These symptoms can be the catalyst for bigger life hindrances, such as irritability, loss of concentration, insomnia, sick days…the list goes on and on. Just take a sufferer’s word for it, hay fever can be miserable!
Despite the name, there is no fever involved and rarely needs hay, though that is one of many triggers. For the average person, the enemies are airborne mold spores and pollen from trees, grass, and other plants that begin growing in the spring. Michigan is notorious for its seasonal hay fever suffering due to more extreme weather changes. The bad news is that it can start at any point in life, so the next change of season can bring about these symptoms.
Before you pack up and move to the arid deserts of Arizona, here are a few tips that can significantly lessen your symptoms and allow you to live happily through all four seasons.
There are also some great advances in cures for hay fever (no, it’s not more cowbell). The best place to find more information about it is here at Grand Rapids Allergy, where our doctors can delve further into what the cause of your reaction is and work to find you some relief.
When the Hatfield’s of your immune system declare eternal war against the McCoy’s of pollen, don’t worry. We will be fighting on your side.
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