We often hear about spring allergies and fall allergies, but summer allergies are rarely mentioned. Yet, for many people across the country, once spring allergies start, they don’t seem to stop until winter begins; for others, there is no break, not even when winter begins. Why is this? And how do you stop it?
During the harsh winter months, most plants, trees, flowers, and the like are dead and do not release pollen or other allergens. For many, this is the allergy break they anticipate. However, spring allergies start to kick off once the cold weather ends and plants, flowers, and trees bloom. For many, spring allergies begin in early spring or late winter, as warm weather promotes growth and pollen counts.
Throughout spring and into summer, plants grow, and more pollen is released. But, in addition to pollen, mold peaks in high heat and humidity, generally from July to September. So, pollen and mold allergies generally suffer the consequences from early spring well into fall, when fall allergies pick back up, too.
Different environmental triggers often determine spring, summer, and fall allergies. In the spring, the biggest allergy trigger is pollen. As plants and trees bloom or come back to life from the winter months, they release pollen into the air and our noses and mouths. In the summer, the grass is often the most significant trigger. Most grasses pollinate in the heat, meaning they are the worst during the summer. In addition, the summer months are when most people mow their lawns and play outside, allowing pollen to move around quickly in the air we breathe. In late summer, weeds (ragweed in particular) are often the culprit. In fall, as mentioned above, mold is the main trigger we see. When winter hits, most of these things either die off or limit their growth patterns, making indoor dust, dander, and dust mites the main trigger of allergies. And don’t forget, the colder it is, the more time you spend inside.
If you’re planning on spending time outdoors this summer, keep this information in mind and take your allergy medication. A few ways to beat your allergies are by tracking pollen counts in spring and summer and limiting time spent outside when they are above average. On top of that, you should shower and change clothes after spending prolonged time outdoors. While it may be nice to open your windows or doors and allow a breeze inside, know that this is also opening the door to pollen entering.
When late fall and winter begin, ensure your change your air filters, pay attention to the humidity levels in your home, and deep clean your house. These factors can help control the levels of allergens you breathe and limit your response to them.
So, there you have it: the environment you live in will determine your allergies for each season. Regardless of what you’re allergic to, we recommend taking your allergy medicine each day and getting an allergy test done depending on the severity of your seasonal allergies. This will let you know what you’re allergic to and should avoid. At First Care Clinics, we can treat allergies and minor allergic reactions, so feel free to stop in and see us during any season if you need help. We hope this clarifies why your spring allergies last into summer, fall, and possibly into the winter. It’s an environmental cycle, and we’re all trying our best to beat it.