Spring is finally here and with it comes seasonal allergies. Whether you are going for a run or walking your dog, the chances of experiencing an allergic reaction increase with the upward trending temperatures, high winds, and rain. Making sure you are prepared for a potential reaction is critical to maintaining your health through the warmer seasons. Common allergens more present in the spring include:
One of the most common spring allergens is pollen, which is produced by trees and flowers and becomes unavoidable during warmer months. Pollination mostly occurs in the morning, leading to more frequent and more severe attacks. With pollen so common, it is nearly impossible to avoid contact with it throughout the day, but there are ways you can go about reducing the impact your allergies will have on your day. Wearing a protective mask outdoors on high pollen count days and removing outwear including jackets and shoes upon entering your home will be able to reduce the amount of pollen able to get into your nose and mouth, as well as keep it from becoming ingrained in your furniture, carpeting or other upholstery. When you do need to go outdoors, you will need to check the local pollen count online and make sure you have recommended medications from your doctor, including over-the-counter medication or prescriptions, in order to combat symptoms.
Pet dander is a common allergy year-round but can lead to more symptoms during warmer months. Dander is the dead skin cells that come off of an animal, but can also be found in their saliva. It can be present anywhere in a house where an animal lives, including the carpet, furniture and in the car. Symptoms include wheezing, eye irritation and congestion when exposed to pet dander. If you are exposed to pet dander, your doctor may prescribe medication and advise you to maintain distance from animals.
Mold has a longer season than other allergens since it is constantly present: it is present in wet grass during the spring and summer and in your home year-round, with allergies mostly affecting you during cooler months when you are spending more time indoors. Mold can mostly be found in darker rooms in your home that are commonly exposed to moisture, including your basement and bathrooms. If mold is contributing to your allergies, you may experience wheezing and congestion.
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