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Spring signifies the end of winter with more sunshine, blooming flowers, and the anticipation of summer just around the corner. However, for many, spring can be the worst time of year as it brings with it the constant annoyance of seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergies are like other types of allergies as they develop when the body’s immune system is triggered by something in the environment. Seasonal allergies occur when the body overreacts to certain plant pollens. Allergies that occur in a specific season are often referred to as hay fever and it is estimated that about eight percent of Americans experience this.
Hay fever’s name originates from hay-cutting season. Historically, this activity occurred in the spring and summer months, around the same time many people experienced symptoms. However, because various plants release their respective pollen at different times of year, it is possible to experience seasonal allergies all year round. In fact, more than two-thirds of people with spring allergies actually experience allergies throughout the year. Oftentimes, their symptoms during other seasons are mild enough where they are unnoticeable, but they are still being affected by various allergens.
The severity of seasonal allergies varies from person to person as everyone’s immune response is unique.
Common symptoms include:
Other symptoms include:
It is important to note that for those who are prone to suffer from a condition that affects their breathing, such as asthma, symptoms can be more severe and can trigger an asthma attack.
In the United States, spring allergies can begin as early as February and last until the summer months. Allergies triggered in earlier months are typically due to tree pollen as they are one of the first types of vegetation to pollinate during this time of year. Tree pollination is then followed by grass and weed pollination, other common spring allergy triggers. Spring allergies can also be worsened by a rainy season, which promotes rapid plant growth and leads to an increase in mold, which can worsen symptoms.
For late summer and fall months, ragweed is a common trigger of allergies. Ragweed is prevalent from August to November and the levels of its pollen are highest in mid-September. In addition to pollen, there are other environmental factors that can influence the severity of allergy symptoms, including:
Strategies to Avoid Triggers:
Ways to Alleviate Symptoms:
Seasonal allergies can feel like they control your daily life, however, effective lifestyle changes and treatment methods can greatly reduce your symptoms. If you are experiencing severe seasonal allergies and are not getting the help you need, contact Holtorf Medical Group today to see how we can help you!
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