A UK 16-year old teenage boy, Joe Dale, recently passed away after suffering an allergic reaction to pollen. He was with his friends at a park in Barnsley when the reaction first occurred. Joe was rushed to the hospital in an attempt to make him regain consciousness but with no success. Six days later of the incident, Joe Dale died after the severe reaction caused the constriction of his bronchial tubes.
The death of the teenage boy has certainly sparked a debate on the danger posed by pollen. While it is common to experience an asthma reaction triggered by pollen, it can prove to be extremely dangerous at times. People with allergic asthma should thereby exercise caution when around things/surrounding which can worsen the symptoms.
It is very important to be considerate of the symptoms of Allergic or Extrinsic Asthma. Particularly because the situation demands immediate medical care. As the name suggests, the condition is likely to be triggered due to allergens extrinsically present somewhere.
Some of the signs you should look out for include wheezing followed by coughing, tightening of the chest and rapid breathing.
That being said, a look at the statistics would tell us something very unfortunate. Nearly 8 out of every 10 children with asthma have allergic asthma. For adults, the figure remains a bit low with 60% of asthmatic adults suffering from the condition. Which really means, it is vital for the patient to keep a check on the symptoms. A key to proper comprehensive diagnosis is keeping in mind the resulting signs and then proceeding with medical treatment. Your doctor is likely to make you undergo blood tests as well as skin pricks to confirm the presence of allergens.
Doctors strictly emphasize on the point of getting the condition diagnosed as early as possible. By doing so an individual can protect him/herself from all the triggers and consequent side effects.
Following an action-plan recommended by the doctor will help you locate a plan you need to execute in the likely presence of a trigger. For example, medicines you need to take to provide yourself with immediate relief and when a medical emergency is essential.
Pollen as a potential trigger
Those who have allergic asthma are potentially at a risk to have the symptoms triggered by pollen. Pollen reaction is fairly common and can occur in everyday places you visit for example parks. As a result, it is more than necessary to keep a few essential guidelines in mind to protect yourself from an allergic reaction.
- Limit your activities outdoor: Try avoiding to go out during certain times of the day. The pollen count is at the highest between 4 am to 10 am
- Try not going near to pets who visit outdoors often: You should definitely keep a distance from animals/pets who spend time outside because they may have pollen on themselves
- Keep note of the pollen seasons: The pollen season peaks during April and May. That is when the count is likely to be the highest.
- Wear proper attire: Cover yourself in the best way possible. Wear a hat and sunglasses to avoid contact
- Exercise protection at your home: You should keep your windows, the door closed during the peak pollen season.
- See a doctor: Your doctor will prescribe you a list of allergen medication before the season begins.