Are you a sufferer of seasonal sniffles, coughing, wheezing, or itchy eyes? Starting in February through at least early summer, plants begin to bloom and pollinate. The addition of rain increase mold spores and even more plants to begin thriving and pollinating. If you’re a sufferer of seasonal allergies keep reading for the best tips and tricks we could find to help keep those allergies under control.
Causes of Allergies
Allergies can be caused by many different factors including but not limited to:
- Tree, Grass and Ragweed Pollen
- Mold Spores
- Burning Bush
- Lamb’s – Quarters
- Sagebrush & Mugwort
- Tumbleweed & Russian Thistle
Allergies can also be worsened if you are exposed to the following weather:
- Rainfall – can cause pollen counts to rise and can cause mold.
- Hot & Humid
- Warm Days & Cool Nights
- Windy & Warm – can cause pollen counts to rise.
Tips to Manage
While medicine is typically a key factor, sometimes it just isn’t enough or it just isn’t working properly. On those days, we suggest you follow these tips and tricks to keep your allergies at bay:
- Monitor Pollen & Mold Counts
- Keep Windows & Doors Shut
- Stay Inside Midday & During the Afternoon
- Take a Shower, Wash Your Clothes and Hair If You’ve Been Outside
- Wear a Mask When Mowing the Lawn or Working Outside
- Determine If It’s Allergies or a Cold
- Try a Saline Nasal Rinse (Under Direction from Your Doctor)
Best of luck this year with your allergies. We heard it might be a bad allergy season due to the mild temperatures we experienced in the winter.
Sources: Everyday Health, ACAAI