Global warming is one of the reasons for the increase in allergic rhinitis.
Spring allergy causes oral health problems
İSTANBUL Lecturer on Chest Diseases, who warned about pollen allergy, which can affect an individual’s social life in spring and summer. Member Pr. Dr. Minister Nur Dilek noted that global warming is one of the reasons for the recent increase in spring allergies, which cause health issues such as oral health.
As a result of their research, scientists show that global warming is a reason for the increase in allergic diseases. Noting that global warming causes the spring and summer seasons to be extended by seven days each, Uzamanlar states that this situation leads to increased victimization of pollen allergy, which is an allergic reaction developed by the body against the pollen.
Also, stating that carbon dioxide increases pollen production due to air pollution, Istanbul Arel University Faculty of Medicine lecturer on chest diseases. Member Pr. Dr. Minister Nur Dilek warned that this hereditary allergy should be confused with other types of allergies and Covid-19. Stating that spring fever has similar aspects, especially with the omicron variant, Prof. Dr. Minister Nur Dilek said: “When we look at the stories of patients who come to outpatient clinics with the suspicion of a virus and when the necessary examinations are carried out, we see that there is usually an allergic reaction due to spring allergy. Those with the allergic cold should be careful especially during seasonal transitions and the summer months.”
Pets are pollinators too
Stating that pollen is on the rise even in cities due to wind and air pollution, the minister also warned pet owners against spring fever. Stating that animals also carry pollen, the minister said: “Pets can also be allergic to pollen. These creatures that are walked outside should be combed and washed more often before being brought into the house. be brought into the room during pollen season. In fact, the histamine substance in alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine We know can also increase the allergic reaction by triggering the allergy in our body,” he said.
Stating that almost all pollens cause spring fever, the Minister listed allergy symptoms as follows:
“The allergy mainly affects the nose. The most common symptoms we see are runny nose, stuffy nose and sneezing. Itching in the nose and palate. Additionally, we see watery eyes. One of the most common symptoms is coughing, also affects the lower respiratory tract, then shortness of breath, wheezing, etc. symptoms are also added.”
Looks like Omicron
Noting that due to its similarity to Covid-19 there have been difficulties in terms of patient density during the pandemic process, the minister said: “The Omicron variant has become a disease that affects the airways more superior and has a course almost like a cold. This has of course been achieved thanks to vaccines. For this reason, spring fever is very much confused with the omicron variant. Our crops arrive in our polyclinics with the suspicion of Covid-19. We try to distinguish between covid and spring fever by looking at the repetitive nature of the disease whether the patient has a fever or not. However, there are cases that we cannot distinguish. In this case, we test our patient. In fact, this allergy can also be associated with a cold “There are similarities, but a mild fever can occur in a cold. Fever is not seen in spring allergies. Another finding is that you don’t see the aches, muscle and joint aches in the body that you see in colds and other viral illnesses,” he said.
Beware of people with a family history of allergic rhinitis.
Stating that spring fever is hereditary, the Minister said: “Spring fever is a family allergy that is hereditary and coded in our genes. If you have allergic rhinitis in your family, it is more likely to pass on to other family members. person has another allergic disease such as eczema or asthma, then you may have allergic rhinitis. “It’s more likely to be in the person. On top of that, environmental factors are also effective, so it’s not enough to pass on genes alone,” he said.
Causes concentration problems and sleep apnea
Noting that spring fever also causes concentration problems in children, the Minister said: “Constantly stuffy or runny noses in young children can lead to attention deficit. This greatly affects academic success. Especially in spring and summer, when the exams are busiest, the success of children with allergic rhinitis decreases. “Another factor that can be caused by a constantly stuffy nose is that it is a risk factor for sleep apnea. Another issue is that it leads to oral health problems due to keeping the mouth open all the time,” he said.
There is a remedy
Stating that it is not possible to completely eradicate allergy as it is encoded in the genes, the Minister said: “Although it cannot be eliminated, it is possible to completely control allergy. At the beginning of this are the steps to take. In addition to precautions, we have drug treatments. Another option is vaccine treatment. Our first option in case of spring allergy. “It’s always about taking precautions. In cases where precautions don’t work, the allergy is severe, medications don’t work. , are insufficient or cause side effects, the vaccine is an option,” he said.
Using a mask protects against allergies
Referring to the measures to be taken, the Minister said: “Scientists have also investigated whether the mask has an effect on spring fever due to the pandemic and it has been found to have an effect. We know that the mask does not completely prevent it. , but we know that it reduces the entry of pollen into our nose and mouth. Other than that, allergy sufferers should wear large glasses. “It avoids victimization, albeit a little. Also, wide-brimmed hats can be used to reduce pollen victimization in the spring,” he said.
Spring Allergy Tips
Clarifying that spring fever can be alleviated by measures to be taken in daily life, the Minister said: “My advice to people with spring fever is not to open their windows very early in the morning. Because pollination is more intense in the morning. sport or take a walk. I recommend that they keep the windows closed as much as possible during the day and regularly renew the pollen filters in their cars. Also, if they have been in environments such as picnics, it is important that they take a shower when they get home and change their exponents so as not to trigger their allergies.
Spring fever can last 11 months
Stating that pollen allergy does not only appear in spring, but that there are also major pollen allergies, including allergies to trees, meadows, grasses and weeds, the Minister said: “Among these, tree pollen starts earliest. We know when it starts even in January. Later, grass and grass allergy starts. It continues between April and June. Finally, herbaceous plants, not weeds, start around August-September. We know that sometimes it can last until November. So we can see a pollen season extending from January to November,” he concluded.