If you experience annoying symptoms of seasonal allergies during the spring time, this means that you have a birch tree pollen allergy. The medical term for seasonal allergies is hay fever, however, this term encompasses many different pollen allergies and doesn’t describe your unique condition and how to treat it. Here is some detailed information on the pollen allergy symptoms adults get every year and how to treat and possibly cure them without a need for expensive medication.
What is Birch Tree Pollen Allergy?
Pollen is a fine yellow-orange microscopic powder that is ejected by the reproductive systems (flowers) of plants. Some plants rely on animals, water, and wind, in this case, to carry their pollen to another plant individual of their species so that a fertilized egg can form.
Pollen is considered a plant’s sperm because it is produced by the anther on male plants. It is light and feathery, so it gets kicked up easily and transported by wind.
Trees produce billions of sperm cells in pollen in hopes that just one will hit the bullseye of a female tree: the ovary of the flower. If the egg gets fertilized, seeds and/or a fruit will form so that another tree could possibly germinate and grow.
Plants reproduce so similarly to animals by thinking of it this way, so it indicates how nature separated plants and animals from each other at one point in history.
In this way, plants and animals are connected.
Birch trees are an incredible species because they have evolved to create
POLLEN to increase their chances of fertilizing a female birch tree.
Unfortunately, the proteins that are present in birch pollen sometimes triggers an immune response in humans if it gets into the eyes, or skin membranes. Some peoples’ bodies see the protein as a poison, and trigger an inflammatory response that releases histamine to try to get it out of your body as efficiently as possible. (1)
Birch Tree Pollen Allergy Symptoms Adults Get Every Spring
Unfortunately again, this immune response is not efficient at all and only makes you feel miserable. The birch tree pollen allergy symptoms adults get during the spring include:
- Running nose
- Watering eyes
- Itching throat, face and eyes
- Coughing or wheezing
These are the most common and notable symptoms. Pollen can also aggravate asthma symptoms. (2)
Scientists can determine how much pollen is in the air and predict how bad it will be in the future.
Is it more than just a guess?
Kind of. They usually set a “pollen trap” that consists of a glass plate coated with an adhesive and monitor the amount of pollen it collects. You can then determine how bad your allergy symptoms will be in the area by how much in on the trap.
Weathermen usually station these pollen traps up at several locations to get an accurate reading of the area. If they wanted to determine the pollen count of an entire state or country, pollen traps would surround the perimeter.
As you can tell, this is a rather primitive and inaccurate way to determine how much pollen is in the air, but it helps a lot. If you have birch pollen allergy symptoms adults get in the spring, then you will see much benefit from watching pollen counts every day.
That way you can determine if you can get through your day without treatment, or if you’ll need a natural supplement for moderate days, or an antihistamine for those severe days.
I have a pollen count app on my phone to easily track the air quality. I always want to be prepared because I don’t want another wasted unproductive day of sneezing and feeling groggy.
Watching the weather channel or looking pollen counts up online works just as well.
This website is dedicated to tracking pollen counts throughout the United States.
Medical Tests and Diagnosis of Birch Tree Pollen Allergy
If you aren’t quite sure why you are experiencing allergy symptoms and would like a professional’s opinion before you seek treatment, you can go to a physician or allergist for an allergy examination.
If you report hay fever-like symptoms, the allergist might do a skin prick test, in which you are pricked with miniscule amounts of various allergens under the skin membrane. After about 20 minutes, you will see a small red bump start to form if you are allergic to that particular allergen. (3)
Then you can receive an official diagnosis of an allergy and receive medical treatment if you’d like.
The most accurate test for allergies would be a blood test. A doctor will take your blood and measure the amounts of antibodies in your bloodstream. Then they can determine if you are experiencing different types of allergy responses.
Medical Treatment for Hay Fever
Allergy sufferers will usually be familiar with your standard hay fever treatments. Depending on the severity of your allergies, you could use different types of treatment. These chemicals can have unwanted side effects. They can also drain your bank account, so use them only when you need them!
Moderately harmful: Nasal sprays have been proven to be the safest way to treat allergies. Most allergists recommend Flonase, which I gave a review of here. These steroids for your sinuses will beef up the nasal cavity to prevent congestion and flush out any pollen in there. They will also moisturize and reduce inflammation. However, they can be addictive and cause unwanted side effects. (4)
Most harmful: Antihistamines will usually work the best to get rid of your symptoms for a short time. They completely block the immune response of your body which produces histamine. These drugs can be expensive and cause unwanted symptoms as well as long-term damage to your body in multiple ways. That’s why they should be used
sparingly only when you need them. They don’t treat the root cause of your allergies. (5)
Natural Treatment for Birch Tree Pollen Allergy
Nasal Irrigation: Neti Pots are a healthy and natural way of relieving seasonal allergy symptoms. It cleanses the nose of pollens, infection and environmental irritants. It involved the process of pouring saline solution through one nostril and out the other. A neti pot provides instant relief with no harmful side effects while being cheaper than nails.
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