Warmer weather might be a welcome change, but make sure you’re prepared for spring’s biggest outdoor allergy trigger: tree pollen. It’s the first big seasonal allergen to hit the air. Stay on top of daily pollen counts so that you know which trees, such as cedar, maple, or pine, might cause you to sneeze and sniffle during spring.
Summer is all about outdoor fun. Many things in nature are pollinating during this season, but the major seasonal allergy trigger is grass pollen. Plan ahead; avoid cutting the lawn on days you’ll entertain or relax outdoors. Wear a mask when it’s time to do yard work – or even better, ask a family member to take over these chores.
While the crisp autumn air might feel nice, fall is the peak time for weed pollen. Ragweed, a common allergen, grows just about anywhere, and its pollen can travel for miles with the wind. Allergies caused by mold also can be an issue. Mold can develop on wet soil and fallen leaves. If your fall allergies are severe, try keeping windows and doors shut at home and in your car.
During winter, outdoor pollen levels are lower than usual, though mold spores could still trigger seasonal allergy symptoms. In addition, many people are affected by indoor allergens, such as dust mites, pets, and Christmas trees, because they spend more time inside when it’s cold. Help keep indoor allergies at bay by vacuuming often or running an air (HEPA) filter.
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