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Be greater than your allergies

Be greater than your allergies

ALLERGIES

Seasonal and Perennial Allergic Rhinitis

AIRBORNE ALLERGENS

How well acquainted are you with the outdoor and indoor allergens in your life? Truth is, you don’t have to look far to get introduced. Whether inside or outside, spring or fall, here’s what you need to look out for. 

 

OUTDOOR ALLERGIES               

 

TREE POLLEN

Trees are the first plants to produce pollen each spring. Depending on where you live, tree pollen season can start in late winter or early spring.4

 

 

LEAF MOLD

In the fall, piles of rotting leaves provide ideal conditions for mold to thrive. Leaf mold goes dormant in the winter but resumes growing as soon as the weather gets warmer.3

 

 

GRASS POLLEN

Grass pollen is released from late spring through early summer and, because grasses are so widely grown, they’re responsible for a lot of nasal allergy sumptoms.4

 

 

RAGWEED

Ragweed plants are among the top pollen producers in North America. Late summer to early fall is the peak time for weed pollen.4

 

 

 

INDOOR ALLERGIES               

 

 

 

BLACK MOLD

Extreme humidity, flooding, or other types of water damage spur black mold growth. It tends to grow on building materials like fiberboard and on paper, dust, and lint.2

 

 

DUST MITES

It’s actually the waste products of dust mites (microscopic bugs that feed on the tiny flakes of human skin) that circulate as part of household dust and trigger allergic reactions.1

 

 

CAT DANDER

Cat dander (microscopic bits of skin and saliva) is the most problematic among pet-related allergy triggers.5,6

 

 

DOG DANDER

Or the microscopic bits of your pet’s skin and saliva, is an airborne allergen that tends to adhere to surfaces like walls, clothing, and other surfaces.5

OUTDOOR ALLERGIES   

TREE POLLEN

Trees are the first plants to produce pollen each spring. Depending on where you live, tree pollen season can start in late winter or early spring.4

LEAF MOLD

In the fall, piles of rotting leaves provide ideal conditions for mold to thrive. Leaf mold goes dormant in the winter but resumes growing as soon as the weather gets warmer.3

GRASS POLLEN

Grass pollen is released from late spring through early summer and, because grasses are so widely grown, they’re responsible for a lot of nasal allergy sumptoms.4

RAGWEED

Ragweed plants are among the top pollen producers in North America. Late summer to early fall is the peak time for weed pollen.4

 

INDOOR ALLERGIES  

BLACK MOLD

Extreme humidity, flooding, or other types of water damage spur black mold growth. It tends to grow on building materials like fiberboard and on paper, dust, and lint.2

DUST MITES

It’s actually the waste products of dust mites (microscopic bugs that feed on the tiny flakes of human skin) that circulate as part of household dust and trigger allergic reactions.1

CAT DANDER

Cat dander (microscopic bits of skin and saliva) is the most problematic among pet-related allergy triggers.5,6

DOG DANDER

Or the microscopic bits of your pet’s skin and saliva, is an airborne allergen that tends to adhere to surfaces like walls, clothing, and other surfaces.5

 

Sources:

1. Medline Plus. Dust mite allergy. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/allergiestodustmites/id039204.pdf. Accessed February 5, 2015.

2. CDC.gov. Facts about Stachybotrys chartarum and Other Molds. http://www.cdc.gov/mold/stachy.htm. Page updated September 18, 2012. Page accessed February 24, 2015.

3. The Lowdown on Snow Mold. Donna M. Boyle. McCauley News. Volume 32, Number 3. April 2011. http://bmcnews.org/story/the-lowdown- on-snow-mold. Accessed February 23, 2015.

4. ACAAI. Types of allergies: Pollen allergy. http://acaai.org/allergies/types/pollen-allergy. Accessed February 5, 2015.

5. ASPCA. Are You Allergic To Your Pet? https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/are-you-allergic-your-pet. Retrieved May 6, 2015.

6. 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographic Sourcebook, American Veterinary Medical Association. https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Statistics/Pages/Market-research-statistics-US-pet-ownership.aspx?PF=1. Accessed December 12, 2014.