Pharmacy Q&A

Statistical information source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Take Action and Beat Allergies This Season - How does stress affect allergies?
Stress is the body's response to conflict or situations, both internal and external that interferes with the normal balance in life. Virtually all of the body's systems, including the digestive system, cardiovascular system, nervous system, and immune system, make adjustments in response to stress. When feeling anxious or stressed, your body releases numerous hormones and other chemicals, including histamine.

Histamine is a powerful chemical that can lead to allergy-like symptoms. Stress does not cause allergies, but it can make an existing reaction worse by increasing the level of histamine in the bloodstream.
Take Action and Beat Allergies This Season - What are the possible triggers for my hay fever? Can I take steps to avoid them?
If you have hay fever, it may not take long for your nose to "sniff out" the general source of the problem – whether it's trees blooming in spring, grass being mown in summer, or ragweed and mold flying in the fall.

Although it's easier said than done, avoid these triggers as much as possible. For instance, try to stay inside when pollen counts are highest. That's typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If your symptoms are really severe, stay inside with windows closed and use air conditioning, if needed. Also:

  • Keep your car windows closed.

  • Don't hang clothing out to dry.

  • Track pollen counts by checking local newspapers or web sites such as that of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology.

Take Action and Beat Allergies This Season - Can allergies be cured?
Allergies cannot be cured, but the symptoms they cause can be treated and controlled. This may require making changes in your environment or behavior to avoid or reduce exposure to certain allergens. Medication also may help relieve the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Even with allergy treatment, the body's immune system may continue to react when exposed to allergens. In some cases, however, children may outgrow their allergies, particularly those to food.

Immunotherapy, or allergy shots, is not a cure. Rather, the shots are a way to significantly lessen the symptoms caused by exposure to specific substances.

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