(Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)

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Why your allergies are worth it

May 7, 2019


It is that time of year again; time for stuffed noses and dirty cars. Pollen is dreaded by many throughout the year and is hated when it blooms. Pollen is a fine, powdery substance that usually takes the color of yellow and triggers allergen in most peoples immune systems. Allergens produce a vigorous immune response in which the immune system fights off a perceived threat that would otherwise be harmless to the body. Pollen comes from many different plants, especially grass and trees. These plants pollinate in order to reproduce. Pollen is produced in flowers in the stamens and then must be transferred to the female reproductive organ, known as the pistil. 

The pollen in Worcester County this year is abnormally high. Tree pollen and grass pollen are in full bloom, although, ragweed pollen is slim to none. The amount of pollen that is in circulation varies due to the weather, location, and time of day. During spring, waves of pollen start early as trees begin to blossom. It continues through late spring and the hot summer months with grass pollen and come back in the fall with ragweed.  

Pollen is good for the world and for nature but not for people with allergies. Not everyone is affected by pollen and those who are, react in different ways. Although some may not have allergies, substances like pollen will trigger a response in the immune system leading to sneezing and coughing. 

Although pollen is heavily disliked, it is a way of life, and without it, trees and humans would go extinct. Trees are very essential because they create oxygen in which we need to breathe. Based on this, humans need pollen to survive just as much as trees need pollen to reproduce (pollen.com). 

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