13 May 2013|
Spring is the season when nature blossoms after the “winter sleep” and trees are covered with nice-smelling flowers and green leaves. At school, we are taught that trees and flowers can produce tiny particles that are called pollen, which are used by flowers to grow fruits and seeds later during summer and autumn. I also know that bees can use this tiny powder to make honey. Recently, however, I found out that tree pollen can make me sick because it may cause an allergy. One day after school, I started feeling like I had a cold. My nose was runny and stuffy, my eyes were itchy and watery, but I had no fever. My mother thought that I had an infection, and tried to treat the problem with pills that she usually takes for a cold. I also had a lots of hot tea with lemon. However, I was still feeling sick. It certainly wasn't the period to catch a cold since it was already warm outside, and it was not windy at all. I knew that cold weather, wind and a lack of vitamins could result in me catching a cold, but it was not the case because the weather was warm and I ate fruits and vegetables almost every day. My mother scheduled an appointment with a doctor who knew lots of things about diseases and illnesses that children may have, and we went to a medical center called AfterOurs Urgent Care to discover the cause of my symptoms. I later found out that this specific type of doctors are called pediatric doctors, and they treat children, which I thought was cool since I always knew that kids may have different diseases than the adults.
Pollen Tree Allergy Is Caused By A Problem With My Body’s Defense System Against Infections
After several tests, the pediatrician at the AfterOurs Urgent Care center told us that I didn't have a cold nor a different type of infection. I was allergic to tree pollen. The doctor explained that my defense system against germs and bacteria, called the immune system, can also make mistakes when scanning various foreign particles to determine whether they are dangerous or not for my body. Although tree pollen is harmless for me, my immune system mistakenly believes that it is some sort of bacteria that is trying to start an infection, which is why it causes similar symptoms as if I had a cold. The doctor was trying to calm me because I started to think that tree pollen allergy is a rare disease, and I feared that my friends would think of me as being weird or even contagious. The urgent care doctor explained that pollen allergies are becoming increasingly frequent among children because global warming causes the pollen season to start earlier and it is also longer every year. I thought that the doctor should also work as a teacher because he knew how to explain diseases in a way that is easy for me to understand. He prescribed a drug that stopped a substance called “histamine” that was making me sick by reacting to tree pollen. I felt better after only a few hours. However, the doctor said that I would have to come back for other tests to see how he can eliminate my allergy completely. As it turns out, there is some sort of vaccine called immunotherapy that can prevent allergy episodes much like vaccines for infections. I will certainly come back for another appointment at the urgent care clinic to follow my doctor’s advice and discover more interesting things about allergies and my health.