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Faith students and teachers try to cope with seasonal allergy symptoms

Margo Williams sneezes into a tissue. Nevada has some of the worst seasonal allergy symptoms due to the amount of dust, dry terrain and heat.

Jordan Pulse

Margo Williams sneezes into a tissue. Nevada has some of the worst seasonal allergy symptoms due to the amount of dust, dry terrain and heat.

Jordan Pulse, Editor

According to aafa.org, seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, affect 30% of people worldwide, causing constant disruptions from work and school. Throughout Spring especially, hay fever and allergic rhinitis have also affected students and teachers at Faith Lutheran, which makes concentrating in class difficult for everyone.

Out of all people who have seasonal allergies, 81% are allergic to pollen, according to pollen.com. Pollen, a fine powdery substance, causes a majority of these allergy symptoms. As plants start to bloom, they require fertilization from this substance. However, in order for the fertilization to take place, the pollens must gather in the plant’s stamen (which lies inside the flower). Wind, animals, insects, and water all transport pollens so these plants can fertilize and eventually create fruit or bloom. The other 19% of people who have seasonal allergies, are allergic to mold. Just like pollen, mold can become airborne and get trapped in one’s sinus passages.

When dispersed in the air, pollen can enter the airways and irritate one’s nose.

“Seasonal allergies happen when different allergens are blown around in the air. These allergens eventually get inhaled into the body, which causes an (allergic reaction),” said Ms. Jennifer May, Faith Lutheran’s school nurse.

According to webmd.com, Spring allergies can cause sneezing, coughing, irritation of the eyes and skin, and an itchy throat. In some cases, these allergens can cause asthma, a condition where airways narrow and breathing becomes nearly impossible.

These allergy symptoms can annoy students.

“I am only allergic to pollen, and it isn’t that severe. Pollen does give me a runny nose and affect my eyes, (due to my) sensitive eyes,” said Hailey Hines, an eighth grader.

Compared to other states and countries, Nevada has some of the worse seasonal allergy symptoms, due to the hot climate and dry terrain. Without moisture, pollen endlessly travels in the wind and is unable to dissipate easily. Thus, the allergy season in Nevada becomes significantly extended due to the growing amount of pollens in the air.

Nevada’s winds also create dust, which can cause allergic reactions.

“We have a lot of dust for being in a desert. We also have a lot of wind stirring everything up,” said May.

Various people who suffer from seasonal allergies even use natural remedies to cope with their symptoms. According to Reader’s Digest, changing and washing clothes oftenly, saline rinses, raw honey, showering and steaming can all positively affect allergy sufferers throughout this Spring season. Various websites also have pollen calendars, which allow readers to inform themselves on upcoming pollen amounts.

Knowing what makes someone allergic and avoiding that substance can also have great importance.

“Depending on what you’re allergic to, you should try to avoid that (substance). The biggest thing in Nevada is when it’s windy to stay indoors,” said May.

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