Allergies can develop into sinus infections and chronic congestion issues. If allergies are making your life miserable, knowing what triggers your allergies is important. Due to the overlap of symptoms, identifying your allergies on your own is challenging at best.
Don’t let allergies create health problems for you. See your ENT physician to identify your triggers. Together, you can develop a plan to prevent or control your symptoms so you can enjoy your life again.
While the first day of spring is always the third week of March, your allergies can start several weeks before or after the arrival of spring. Each year, weather plays a role in when trees, flowers and grass bounce back to life. Some of the most common spring allergens are:
- Tree pollen (birch, cedar, hickory, pine, walnut, etc.)
- Flower pollen
- Grass and weeds (Bermuda, Kentucky Blue Grass and fields of hay, etc.)
- Mold (it comes back to life as the weather warms)
You hear a lot about spring and fall allergies. These allergies can overlap into summer. While many trees and grasses stop producing pollen by summer, other plants and flowers start or continue to pollinate. Many allergy sources thrive in the summer.
- Seasonal fruits and vegetables in backyard gardens and patios
- Grasses (grasses grow through the summer; ragweed allergies start in late summer)
- Mold (especially late summer)
Autumn is challenging for people who are sensitive to mold and ragweed pollen. In addition, warm weather keeps some summer pollens in the air. If you suffer during the fall, check your surroundings for these triggers.
- Mold (wind and humid warm weather releases mold spores)
- Leaves (raking leaves stirs up pollen and dust)
If you have allergy symptoms in the winter or while you are indoors, your home may not be the safe haven that you think. In fact, some of the most annoying allergy triggers hide in your house. Eliminating your exposure to some of these triggers can be difficult.
- House dust (frequent vacuuming and dusting can help)
- Dust mites (steam clean, freeze stuffed toys and wash clothes in hot water)
- Pets (keep them out of the bedroom and use a HEPA filtration system)
- Mold (ensure items are dry because dampness attracts mold spores)