In a contrasting observation food for the bees is proving an allergy in humans (not all of them) that is now being classified as pandemic by the EAACI (European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) which is one of the leading clinical immunology organization in the world with nearly 9000 members spread over 121 countries. The substance under increased observation is pollen. There is the European Pollen Database that is mapping pollen data since 2007 and the people who collect this data are called palynologists.
This is a new field of environmental archaeology called pollen analysis or palynology which informs the range of plant pollens that are or were present in a layer of soil past and present. This science has an important bearing on the citizens as pollen allergy is witnessing increasing growth in the form of asthma attacks.
Asthma relates to reduced airway flow in the lungs inhibiting the process of breathing and causing discomfort to the patient that can be so severe so as to cause respiratory failure. Most asthma patients use inhalers that are called bronchodilators to clear air passages and bring relief. However, this relief is temporary as increased pollen activity can trigger an asthmatic reaction at any time. EAACI has estimated that by 2025 over half the population in Europe will be facing some form of allergy disorder with asthma or bronchial conditions leading the charge.
The allergy to pollens is generally referred to as nasal allergy or pollinosis. When the allergy is due to grass pollen it is commonly referred as hay fever. Pollen is lightweight and is carried by wind and air currents. These microscopic grains are easily inhaled that can cause irritation to some whose nasal passages are sensitive.
Grass pollen can cause
- Allergic rhinitis
- Allergic conjunctivitis
- Asthma among other allergies.
These are the most common and usually occur during late spring and the onset of summer. Direct contact of the skin with grasses while mowing the lawn or in fruit orchards termed as fruit pollen syndrome are the leading causes of
- Urticaria – itching of the skin
- And atopic dermatitis
The symptoms of grass allergy is manifested in
- Runny nose
- Itching eyes
- Asthma breathing disorders in some people
Grass allergies are diagnosed by allergy testing. Once the allergy is identified then taking precautions during the onset of pollen outbreaks is the best way forward. Information and awareness go a long way in the prevention and control of pollen allergies. In this regard EAACI is leaving nothing to chance as the organization is forcing the lawmakers and stakeholders to understand the ramifications of this pandemic which is easily controllable and preventable in the long run. The time to act is now – it is never too late.
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