Allergies are difficult for some to deal with and do not even bother others. When they come, they cause symptoms like sneezing and a stuffed nose. In this article, I will write about the types, treatments, causes, and other information about allergies. Hopefully, this will help anyone struggling with allergies.
Types of Allergens
Many different allergens cause allergies. The following is a list of climate factors that influence seasonal allergies.
- Pollen levels tend to increase after rain
- Pollen levels are highest in the morning hours
- Tree and grass pollens are worst during cool nights and warm days
- Molds grow fastest in high heat and humidity
What Are Allergies Like in Different Seasons?
Allergies vary by season, with the worst in the late summer and early fall. Spring allergies are caused by grass and tree pollens and come with symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes. These allergies are also caused by dormant trees becoming active during spring.
Weeds and grasses can cause summer allergies. Allergies in the summer have symptoms that include a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and coughing. Summer is also the season with the worst air pollution, which can worsen allergies for many people. Ragweed and molds cause fall allergies are caused by and have the same symptoms as summer allergies.
Molds, animals, and dust mites can cause winter allergies. Winter allergies have many of the same symptoms as fall and summer allergies. Most peoples' allergies worsen in the winter because of a protein found in the pets' dander instead of their fur. Dust mites love mattresses and bedding, and their waste can cause worsened allergy symptoms. Some people also have allergies year-round, although it is less common.
Treatments for Seasonal Allergies
Treatment options for seasonal allergies vary and can include non-medication options like monitoring pollen and mold counts with apps like The Weather Channel, My Pollen Forecast, Allergy Start, or WebMD, and avoiding outdoor activities on high allergen days. Keeping windows closed and showering and changing clothes after being outdoors can also help reduce allergy symptoms. Wearing a mask while mowing or raking leaves can be beneficial, too.
Over-the-counter antihistamines, such as Zyrtec, Allegra, Xyzal, and Claritin can manage allergy symptoms. Discuss prescription options such as nasal sprays and oral medications with a doctor for more severe allergies.
Allergies can occur in just one season for some and year-round for others. Allergies can also cause a ton of annoying symptoms. Luckily, there are lots of treatments available to treat allergies. I hope this article has helped anyone struggling with seasonal allergies improve their symptoms.