For most Indians, the rainy season is much-awaited for some respite against the harsh summer months. The cool monsoon breeze is a welcome change from the hot summer winds. However, for several people, this seasonal change also gives rise to various allergies, especially those suffering from Asthma, Bronchitis and other respiratory conditions.
According to recent studies, seasonal allergies in India affect approximately 25% of the population and this consists of any one of the five types — allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis, skin allergies, food allergies or drug allergies. The rapid increase in cases of Allergic rhinitis, often considered to be a precursor to asthma, is a major cause for concern in the medical community.
In India, the climatic changes during the onset of spring and monsoon, often lead to an increase of 20-30% more cases of allergy than in other parts of the year. However, with an increase in global warming and pollution levels across the globe, seasonal allergies are becoming a growing concern worldwide. Recent studies indicate that seasonal allergy, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever, now affects one in seven people worldwide.
Factors that trigger allergies / Common causes of seasonal allergies
Seasonal allergies are triggered when the body’s immune system comes into contact with an allergen or substance that it regards as a toxin. Everyone may react to different substances differently. For instance, for someone, an allergen may be dust, whereas pollen may be the trigger for another. When this allergen comes into contact with the mucous membrane, it releases histamines and other chemicals into your bloodstream, which induce the symptoms of an allergy.
During spring, the increased levels of pollen, weeds, and grass are a common cause for seasonal allergies. However, seasonal allergies can occur throughout the year due to temperature changes, high levels of pollen in autumn, as well as exposure to other allergens such as dust mites, dander, mold etc.
The heavy monsoons during the rainy season can also bring with them a huge array of infections and allergies. During this season, there is a major growth in mold, a common allergen. In addition, monsoons act as a catalyst for several plants that utilise pollen to flourish. Further, the pollen is often broken down into minute particles that find it easier to make their way to the lungs and respiratory systems, further aggravating seasonal allergies.
Consistent reactions to these allergens can result in chronic conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. The use of indoor Air Purifiers, such as the range by Eureka Forbes, can act as a major line of defence against these toxins.
Impact of allergens on the body
The impact of seasonal allergies can range from mild to severe and commonly include:
- Watery eyes
- Congestion and runny nose
- Itching in the ears, throat and eyes
- Difficulty breathing
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Remember, when it comes to allergies, prevention is always better than cure.