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What Causes Allergies in the Spring?

What Causes Allergies in the Spring?

Each season brings new allergens to trigger a wide range of symptoms in those affected.

Common Causes of Spring Allergies

Many are affected by seasonal allergies in the springtime due to the increase in pollen. This can be referred to as ‘hay fever,’ and those with asthma or eczema may be more likely to deal with it. While some may think pollen is specific to flowers, the truth is that flowers, trees, shrubs, grasses, even weeds release pollen in order to fertilize other plants. Some common triggers of allergies include:

  • Cedar
  • Bermuda
  • Fescue
  • Johnson
  • Pine
  • Orchard
  • Oak
  • Willow
  • Alder
  • Perennial rye
  • And more

Some aren’t bothered by pollen, but for people with allergies, inhaling pollen makes their bodies go on the offensive. The immune system reads pollen as a danger to the body, and it creates defenses that lead to the release of histamines—which trigger symptoms like runny nose, itchy eyes, and other familiar allergy symptoms.

Are spring allergies common?

Hay fever affects between 30 to 60 million people in the United States every year. Spring allergies are characterized by an allergy to grass pollen, while fall allergies are typically triggered by ragweed.

How to Treat Spring Allergies

While there isn‘t a cure for allergies, there are many different methods to help manage the symptoms.

Limit Exposure

One of the simplest ways to reduce symptoms of allergies is to avoid triggers altogether. Check the weather for pollen forecasts and stay indoors when levels are higher. Pollen counts are typically highest in the morning, so avoid working out or doing anything active in the early mornings.

Some people can’t (or won’t want to) limit their outdoor activities due to allergies, so reducing your exposure is essential. The best time to go outdoors is after rain when the water helps to clear the air of allergens. You can also remove clothing worn outside and shower to rinse pollen from your hair and skin after being outdoors.

Over-The-Counter Medication

Many will use medication available at drug stores to help reduce allergy symptoms. Decongestants, nasal sprays, and oral antihistamines all help allergy sufferers in different ways. Make sure to read all instructions when using over-the-counter medications, as each has its own directions for best use.

Alternative and Natural Treatments

There are many different kinds of natural or alternative methods to manage allergy symptoms—though evidence may be lacking in certain areas. Some studies suggest that both probiotics and acupuncture can help improve symptoms. Another popular theory (with no evidence backing it up) says that eating local honey will help you build a tolerance to the pollen bees use in your area. Some people use nasal rinses with saline to help clear pollen from the nasal passages and reduce irritation.

Filter Indoor Air

Keeping indoor air clear and filtered can help reduce allergy symptoms while indoors. Some simple ways to improve your indoor air quality:

  • Keep windows closed on days with a high pollen forecast
  • Use HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters to help clean the air in your home
  • Reduce humidity inside your home with a dehumidifier
  • Vacuum floors one to two times a week to reduce allergens

Fairway Heating & Cooling LLC has indoor air quality solutions ranging from duct cleaning, air purifiers, and air cleaners to help you reduce indoor allergens and keep your family healthy and comfortable all year long. Contact our team online or by phone at (813) 519-6620 to schedule an appointment today!

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