If you often sneeze and cough or you have itchy nose and eyes during certain times of the year, you may have a seasonal allergy. Weed and grass pollen are the most often triggers of seasonal allergies, but mold and trees are too.
Seasonal Allergy Triggers
In most cases, spring allergies begin in February when nature starts to blossom and last until the early months of summer. Trees are the first to start their, and right after that is grass and ragweed in the late summer and fall. Anyway, that’s the case in the United States, but In tropical climates, grass may pollinate throughout a good part of the year. The mild winter climate can cause plants to pollenate early. The rain in the spring can also help rapid plant growth and increase mold, causing seasonal allergy symptoms to last until the fall.
Seasonal Allergy Triggers
Ragweed is a plant that grows as wild almost everywhere, but in the East Coast and the Midwest, especially. When it blooms it releases pollen from early August until November. In many cities of the country, the levels of ragweed pollen are highest in early to mid-September.
Other plants that trigger fall allergies include:
- Burning bush
- Sagebrush and mugwort
- Tumbleweed and Russian thistle
The timing and severity of an allergy season vary crosswise the country, the next climate factors also can influence the severity of your seasonal allergy symptoms:
- Tree, grass and ragweed pollens levels rise when the nights are cold and days are warm.
- Molds love heat and high humidity.
- Pollen levels are highest the morning.
- Rain washes the pollen away, but pollen levels can ascend after rainfall.
- On a no wind day, airborne allergens are settled.
- On a windy and warm weather, pollen counts outpouring.
- Allergens are actually everywhere, so if you move to another climate to avoid them – it’s not possible.
Seasonal Allergy Management and Treatment
You should know your seasonal allergy triggers. Maybe you think you know that pollen is causing your distress, but there is a possibility that other substances may be involved as well. Statistics say that more than two-thirds of spring allergy sufferers do have symptoms all around the year. To stop your suffering consult with an allergist who can help you find the real source and stop it, not just treat the hard symptoms.
Work with your allergist in order to develop strategies to avoid the triggers:
You should monitor pollen and mold counts. Usually, weather reports in newspapers and on radio and television include this kind of information during allergy seasons.
Keep the windows and doors shut, at home and in your car.
Avoid pollen, find out which herb pollens you are sensitive to and avoid it. KNow that in spring and summer, while tree and grass pollen season, the levels are highest in the evening. During ragweed pollen season, the levels are highest in the morning.
To prevent pollen contact always take a shower and wash your hair, change your clothes too, after you’ve been working or playing outdoors.
Take your medication beforehand.
Your allergist may recommend tablets or sprays, or sometimes both to your control symptoms. Some of the most recommended drugs are available without a prescription but some of them require a prescription.
If you had seasonal problems the past few years, allergists recommend starting medications relieve symptoms two weeks before they are expected to begin.
One of the most effective treatments for seasonal allergies to pollen is immunotherapy (allergy shots). The injections expose your body to allergen gradually so you learn to tolerate it, so you don’t react with sneezing, itchy and watery eyes.
Seasonally Related Triggers
Usually, the term “seasonal allergies” refers to grass, pollen, and mold, but there is a different group of triggers, closely tied to particular seasons::
- Smoke (campfires in summer, fireplaces in winter)
- Insect bites and stings (usually in spring and summer)
- Chlorine in indoor and outdoor swimming pools
- Candy ingredients (Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter)
- Pine trees and wreaths (Thanksgiving to Christmas)