What's behind your misery? Pollen counts.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, millions of people across the United States suffer from seasonal allergies. Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to triggers like pollen or outdoor mold spores. Talk with your doctor to determine if you have a seasonal allergy.
How Pollen Impacts your body
How Pollen Impacts Your Body
- Pollen is released.
- Allergen is inhaled.
- If you suffer form seasonal allergies, blame immunoglobulin E. Immunoglobulin E is an antibody. It's also known by its nickname, IgE. IgE attaches to mast cells to defend the body against certain types of infection.
- Sometimes, IgE attaches to a mast cell in response to an invasion of pollen, even though pollen isn't an infectious threat like viruses or bacteria.
- After pollen is inhaled, it's captured between two IgEs. The IgEs send a signal to the mast cell that tells it to release histamine.
Histamine is a chemical that speeds through your body with instructions to produce sneezing and runny, itchy and stuffy nose. Histamine also tells the body to produce other chemicals that cause the misery you know as an allergic reaction.