Updated: October 14, 2021 11:42 AM
Created: October 11, 2021 11:03 AM
As we kiss summer goodbye and say hello to Fall, it may be a bit bittersweet for those who love the summer months, but there is one thing that you won’t miss heading into Fall, and that is seasonal allergies.
If you suffer from allergies, you know that no matter what, you can’t seem to avoid them when the time comes around each year. The allergy season starts in the Spring and continues through early Fall, but different allergens will be the culprit for your allergy symptoms depending on the time of the year.
Common allergens that are unavoidable in the environment include pollen from trees, grasses, and ragweed, which vary in abundance based on the time of year and the location. Dust and molds can also be the cause of your allergy symptoms outdoors at certain times of the year, but also indoors year round.
When Spring begins in March and April, tree pollen starts to appear, and soon becomes the major allergen that causes allergy symptoms. This is the type of pollen that can often coat your car in a yellow, powdery dust.
Later into May and July, trees, grasses, and weeds can all produce pollen and contribute to your allergy symptoms. This is when we would consider the beginning of peak allergy season.
Then from July, September and into October, ragweed becomes the major allergen. Ragweed is the leading cause of all seasonal allergies. 75% of people who suffer from any allergies at any time of year, are also allergic to ragweed. By later in October, once the temperatures start to drop, and we start to feel that crisp cool air, those allergic to ragweed should see major relief in allergy symptoms, especially after the first hard frost.
Because you need exposure to allergens in order for your immune system to learn how to fight them, many of you may have experienced more severe or unexpected allergy symptoms this year, after being indoors and having limited exposure to allergens during Covid.
If you suffer from bad allergies, a few tips to help minimize the symptoms would be to reduce the exposure you could have to those allergens. On high pollen count days, be sure to always change your clothes after being outside, wash your hair, keep your windows closed, and try to keep your pets inside. Pollen can easily get stuck on your clothes, in your hair, and on your pet’s fur.
Luckily, as we continue to head through the month of October and into a new season, allergy season will come to a close, and you can save these tips for next year’s allergy season.
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