If you are one of many who suffer from allergies during this time of year in Houston, you have made best friends with tissues, eye drops, anti-histamines, steroids or other remedies. Allergies can be a nuisance and can make you miserable. When it comes to allergies, what exactly are they and what is a pollen count? Let’s explore the definitions of these terms and provide insight and relief during this difficult time of year for noses, eyes, ears and throats.

When defining an allergy, it is a heightened sensitivity to a foreign substance, referred to as an an allergen, that causes the body’s defense or immune system to overreact while defending itself. Allergens can stimulate an immune response when you breathe in or touch the allergen. Common allergic reactions include eczema, hay fever, hives, asthma, food allergies and pet dander allergies, just to name a few. Weather plays an important part for many allergy and hay fever sufferers. So knowing the conditions outside helps allergy sufferers better prepare inside.

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