An Allergy for All Seasons
They may be called “seasonal” allergies, but there are enough allergens and unique allergy seasons to keep people sneezing year-round. If you find that your allergy symptoms never fully go away, it could be that you are allergic to multiple items that have different allergy seasons.
The timing and severity of plant-based seasonal allergies is very dependent on region and climate. What we experience in the southeast of the United States varies from other regions and climates (and will also vary year-to-year).
Here’s a brief guide for what allergens to expect as the seasons change.
Common Allergies by Season
Even before the leaves turn green, plants are already producing pollen in preparation for the explosion of new life that comes after every winter.
As soon as the coldest part of the winter breaks and mild temperatures return, plants get the signal to start spreading their seeds far and wide.
Spring in the southeast often brings unsettled weather patterns and strong winds, which helps spread pollen much farther than normal.
The farthest pollen has been known to travel is around 2800 miles, but typically the normal spread distance of pollen is a few hundred feet, though windy conditions can quickly change that into miles.
Warmer months bring in humid air, which can cause a couple specific allergy problems.
First, when the air is humid (and thus denser) any allergen or impurity in the air tends to hang around a lot longer than it normally would. While air pollution is generally not a traditional “allergy,” it can certainly have similar respiratory reactions.
Damp, warm air is also a great breeding ground for mold, which can cause some of the most severe allergic reactions.
Mold allergies can persist into the autumn months, especially in warmer climates, but the undisputed king of fall allergies is ragweed.
Around 20% of people are allergic to ragweed pollen, so the suffering is widespread once the cooler, drier fall weather arrives.
Ragweed is everywhere! Each plant can produce a billion grains of pollen, and these tiny terrors can travel tens of thousands of feet vertically and hundreds of miles horizontally!
The deep freeze of winter does a great job of killing off (or at least making dormant) pollen-producing plants. Outdoor molds are also greatly reduced (though if you have cool, damp parts of your house, it may still cause an issue indoors).
However, that doesn’t mean winter is allergy-free for everyone. Homes that are built tight to keep warm air in can also keep indoor allergens like dust mites and pet dander from getting out. The dry conditions of winter also increase counts of both of these common allergens.
During much of the winter, spending more time outside isn’t really an option, but you can clean your home’s air with a HEPA filter, wash surfaces your face contacts (towels, pillows) and keep your home’s humidity at a proper level to reduce exposure to indoor allergens.
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