The summers are here, and people all over the world are praying for the rain. The red eyes, the running noses, and the itching throats, people from all the corners of the world pray for rains to come. The history of hay fever is as interesting as the disease itself. Back in the time, it was assumed that the allergy was caused due to the freshly cut hay. A British doctor who was suffering from the allergy found that the hay was not the cause of the allergy. He further discovered that moving towards the sea helped him to prevent the allergy. The doctor was right in some sense, and he laid the very foundation of the study.
It was in 1859 when a British scientist figured out the cause of the Hay fever was pollen. He made great advancements in the field and found out many interesting facts about the disease. The doctor figured out that the allergy was not only caused by the pollen, but it was the lighter pollen that came from the trees and the grasses that contributed to the allergy. Today we know the real reasons behind the allergy. There are certain individuals whose immune system responds to even the slightest things. The pollens are considered as the viruses, and the body tries to throw it out of the body through all means possible.
There are many myths related to pollen. One such myth is that hay fever reduces drastically after the rains. To some extent the fact is true. Light showers make the pollens immobile which were until light and flew easily across the town. But as we know excess of anything is bad. The pollens get mobilized with heavy rainfall accompanied by strong winds. This makes the situation even worse.
Another crucial factor that relates to the hay fever is the time of the day. Generally, it is advised for the patients to stay indoors throughout the sunshine. It has been scientifically proven that the number of pollens in the day is much more than the number in the evenings and the nights. While the remedy may sound easy, it is very hard to follow. Most people have a day job and staying indoors is not an option for them.
Another myth that revolves around the allergy is that honey helps to cure the allergy. To verify the fact, a group of people was given three different types of “honey”. Some of them were given pasteurized honey, some of them were given unpasteurized honey, and the rest were given corn syrup. The people were allowed their normal medication along with the honey. The results were null and void. None of them worked in real life and hence the myth can be discarded.
There are many more myths around the allergy. Hay fever is an allergy and not a disease. Simple precautions can help people to stay away from the allergy. One should not believe in the myths and should consult medical advice in case they have been affected by the allergy.