Becoming Claritin Clear

Sam Hatfield, Staff writer

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It’s February once again, and for many, that means excitement for the warm weather and sun of the Spring, along with the break that comes with it.  However, for others, the season can be a cause for worry.  For around 50 million people in the country, spring allergies can be a threat to daily activities and even their lifestyle.  With all the commotion that allergies cause, we never really hear much about them.  So, what are they?

The actual nature of seasonal allergies is quite simple; They’re what happens when the body’s immune system faultily reacts to a foreign substance.  Things like pollen being inhaled will cause an allergy sufferer’s body to begin releasing various chemicals, such as histamine, which can cause many adverse effects.

This is the reason that seasonal allergies are seasonal allergies in the first place.  In the Spring, all kinds of plants begin to bloom, and when they do, many of them will release pollen.  Pollen comes in many sizes, from easily visible to microscopic, and can travel for miles before coming to rest, so the plants in the neighborhood aren’t the only ones allergy sufferers need to worry about.

Knowing all this, there is very much that those with allergies can do to avoid the effects of the season.  While decongestants and sprays may be useful for some, and doctors may prescribe heavier versions of these for more severe allergies, it seems that the best sufferers can do this season is to wait out the tide of pollen coming now and in the following months.

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