Mind Body and Soul: Spring sneezing season is here!

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Ahh choo!: Symptoms such as sneezing, a runny nose and watery eyes are very common in the springtime due to the extra pollen that is in the air.

Ahh choo!: Symptoms such as sneezing, a runny nose and watery eyes are very common in the springtime due to the extra pollen that is in the air.

UH OH, it’s the snifter time of spring, blooming flowers, bees and … pollen. It comes before the long hot days of summer roll around, and you are going to suffer.

Your nose runs, your skin itches, your eyes water, and your sneezes are an Olympic event as the springtime allergies set in. While others braver than yourself are enjoying a walk in the bush, or a stroll around the neighbourhood, you end up too miserable to step outside.

You try to convince yourself it’s just a cold, but last year’s pattern is a repeat. As the calendar ticks over, you have the same symptoms ...again. So you probably have seasonal allergies, which are sometimes called hay fever.

But how does your nose know it’s spring? It’s all about Mother Nature, as she liberally sprinkles the pollen from all her beloved plants and grasses.

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The pollen is a fine powder that’s light enough to travel through the air and she uses this simple method so that her plants can grow and reproduce themselves.

If you go outside on a day when it’s flying around, your body will react as if it’s being invaded. Your immune system will make a lot of something called histamine to fight back, and that’s when the trouble starts.

Your throat itches, your eyes are red, itchy and watery, and your nose just gives up.

It’s best to check with your doctor to confirm that an allergy is what’s causing your problem and talk about ways you can reduce your symptoms.

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