How to Beat the Allergies of Every Season, Not Just Spring and Fall
Did you know that seasonal allergies aren’t restricted to any one season? Certainly, spring gets the worst wrap, but the other seasons compete, too, in the frustrating battle of seasonal allergy triggers.
Discover what to be wary of at all times of year, and how to avoid the allergy downfalls of each season.
Yes, this is the season that the nearly 19 million American adult allergy sufferers dread most because of the bountiful blossoms. Believe it or not, the first pollen the wind picks up can occur as early as January in the South. The best course of action? Stay indoors, especially on days when it’s windy! And, when you do have to go out, use sunglasses to help block pollen from getting into your eyes.
In addition to spill-over from the spring’s pollen prize, summer also picks up those seasonal allergy sufferers who have negative reactions to grass. Unfortunately, the hotter and drier the weather, the worse these triggers can be. The best preventative measures are to rinse off and change outfits when you come back from any outdoor adventures.
Ragweed and other weed pollen hits its peak during leaf peeping season. Especially tricky is that these pollens are known for travelling extensively, so while you may not see it, if there are affected fields within a few miles, you’ll likely be feeling the effects. In addition to ragweed, mold becomes a more prominent player – especially in wet leaves. Be thoughtful about the foliage nature walks you take and think twice before jumping into those leaf piles.
While the snow, ice and general cold are all good for quashing pollen and mold triggers, some seasonal allergy sufferers find themselves now battling the indoor culprits – pet dander and dust mites. Because spending most of your time outdoors isn’t a likely option, amp up your regular cleaning routine being careful to actually trap – not stir up – allergens. On top of vacuuming, mopping, and dusting with a wet cloth, also employ a HEPA air filter to help remove these tiny particles.
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