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The Most Common Spring Allergens

The Most Common Spring Allergens

Nearly everyone looks forward to the arrival of spring with its bright colors and fresh fragrances. However, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, they may put a damper on your enthusiasm. But you don't need to suffer in silence! There are several ways to control the effects of allergens on your life. Consider these allergy facts and recommended solutions to put an end to your suffering this season:

What Causes Seasonal Allergies in the Spring?

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, seasonal allergies occur when your body is sensitized to and overreacts to something in the environment that typically does not pose a problem for the average person. In the spring, that means airborne particles released into the air by plants and other growing things. The most common are:

  • Mold: Although you may not think of mold as a living organism, it is. Mold spores are released into the air in the spring as it attempts to find a new home to reproduce.
  • Tree Pollen: Trees produce tiny blooms, even though you may not see them. The are produce pollen so the tree can create cones, seed pods, nuts or fruit. Some of the pollen is released into the air via winds or as bees and flying insects pollinate the blooms.
  • Flowers: Flowering plants produce pollen in their blooms that are soon released into the air.
  • Grass: Grass also produces tiny blooms that release pollen into the air. This pollen is frequently tracked inside or released into the air when the lawn is mowed.

Seasonal allergies affect more than 50 million American children and adults every year and is the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States.

How Many People Have Seasonal Allergies?

Seasonal allergies affect more than 50 million American children and adults every year and are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. Of those 50 million Americans, 17 million of them have asthma. Seasonal allergies are a common trigger for asthma symptoms.

What are the Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies?

The most common symptom of seasonal allergies is a sneezing, coughing, a runny nose, watery or itchy eyes and other nasal symptoms. However, seasonal allergies can also cause itchy skin or other skin disturbances, such as hives.

What Can You Do to Control Your Allergy Symptoms?

There are several things you can do to combat seasonal allergies: 

  • Avoid Going Outside When Pollen Counts are High: Watch weather reports and heed the predicted pollen counts. If you must be outside, go out early in the morning or on calm days with little to no wind.
  • Take Allergy Medication: If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may prescribe allergy medication or give you allergy shots.
  • Shower and Change After Spending Time Outside: This includes shampooing your hair and laundering your clothes to remove pollen.
  • Improve Your Indoor Air Quality: Keep windows and doors closed and install an air cleaner or an air purifier to remove pollen and mold from the air inside your home.

You don't have to suffer! To discuss options for improving the air quality in your home, contact us at Kimbro Air today. We can help you choose the right system for your home and help you get your allergy symptoms under control.