Everybody gear up and pull out those nasal sprays and antihistamines because it’s that time of year again; it’s pollen season! After a dreadful winter, many of us have welcomed spring with open arms, but have to prepare ourselves for yet another one of nature’s contenders, pollen. Though pollen makes a significant contribution to the growth of many plants that many of us appreciate and benefit from in the spring, it poses a challenge to many pollen allergy sufferers. In fact, this particular spring will pose an even bigger challenge since winter exited late leaving everything pollinating at once. According to Alice Park, author of the article "Polar Vortex May Mean Miserable Allergy Season", once the temperatures warm up, pollinating trees will be busy catching up, spewing higher than average amounts of sneeze- and sniffle-inducing allergens into the spring air. So, now the question remains: What do we do to combat pollen allergies? To find out, make a trip to the Birmingham Public Library to check out the books below.
An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases / Moises Velasquez-Manoff
Plants That Make You Sniffle and Sneeze / Carol Lerner
Allergies: Fight Them with the Blood Type Diet: [The Individualized Plan for Treating Environmental and Food Allergies, Chronic Sinus Infections, Asthma, and Related Conditions / by Peter J. D'Adamo with Catherine Whitney
Action Plan for Allergies / William Briner