Runny nose and scratchy eyes in the Springtime? Blame it on pollen. Stuffy head and aches in the Summer? It’s mold. Coughing and itchy in the Fall? Ragweed!
Believe it or not you can even suffer from allergies in the Winter. Seasonal allergies occur all year long.
Here are some of the seasonal triggers.
Springtime Allergy Triggers
Everything looks so clean and fresh and new in the Spring, but as you head outdoors you start to sneeze, your eyes feel swollen and itchy. The biggest cause of allergies in the Spring is trees as they begin to pollinate. And the biggest offenders are Oak trees, Birch, Olive, Ash, Elms, Poplars and Sycamores. Some varieties of Pine also pollinate in the Spring. Pollen levels in crease in direct proportion to the number of trees in your area.
Summertime Allergy Triggers
Pollen is still a problem in the Summer, especially if you live in a wooded area. However, Summer has its own set of allergy triggers. If you live in a humid area mold spores can be a big problem. It’s also a particularly rough time for people who have a sensitivity to fragrances because this is the time of year when everyone brings out the sunscreen. But the biggest cause of allergy symptoms in Summertime is grass, which can cause rashes for people who have sensitive skin and breathing problems for those who have inhalation allergies.
Fall Allergy Triggers
It’s Hayfever season, the worst allergy season of all. Hayfever, or an allergy to Ragweed, accounts for up to 75 percent of all allergy symptoms in the Fall. Pollen is another contributor because this is the season when most weeds pollinate. But the main culprit is mold, especially if you have a lot of decaying leaves around your home.
Winter Allergy Triggers
Think you’re safe in the Winter because you’re tucked away inside your home? Think again. The inside of your home is filled with allergens, too, including pet dander, indoor mold, dust and dust mites.
How To Live With Seasonal Allergies
As you can see, if you’re a particularly sensitive person there’s really no season when you’re safe from allergy triggers. Even if you never leave your home those microscopic little bits of pollen and mold spores, along with pet dander, dust and dust mites, are going to make their way inside, too.
When you’re working or playing outside you can take prescription or over-the-counter allergy medications that contain antihistamines to alleviate most of your symptoms. On the downside, most of these medications have side effects, the biggest complaint being that they make you drowsy.
You can also consult with your physician to see if immune therapy is an option. Patients are given a shot containing a diluted dosage of the exact allergen that’s causing their symptoms and their body creates antibodies to fight the invading allergen. Patients generally need to be treated every 1-4 weeks and the effectiveness diminishes over time.
The Benefits Of HEPA Air Purifiers
Allergy sufferers can usually find some type of medication that eases their difficulties without too many adverse side effects, at least long enough so they can enjoy some time outside in the sunshine.
But during the peak times of each season they’re not even comfortable inside their homes, and nobody wants to spend days or weeks on end feeling groggy and lethargic. Worse, it’s difficult to get a good night’s sleep when you can’t breathe properly so allergy sufferers generally go through their day in an exhausted haze.
The solution is to use a HEPA air purifier to remove allergens from the air inside your home.
Air purifiers filter the air, removing those microscopic particulates like dust, pet dander, dust mites and mold. The addition of a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter allows the purifier to also capture even smaller, sub-micron particles, like pollen, including ragweed pollen, the biggest culprit of all. HEPA filters remove up to 99.97% of all particulate matter in the air.
For severe allergies you can install a whole-house purification system that connects to your air conditioning and heating duct work. For less severe problems, smaller, portable HEPA air purifiers can be placed in individual rooms. For best results, place one HEPA air purifier in the bedroom and one in the living room or the room where you spend the most time while inside your home.