Spring allergy season is in full swing, so it’s a good time for a refresher on how to battle pollen allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year.1 Allergies are triggered when the immune system reacts to allergens like pollen , mold and pet dander .
WHAT’S MAKING ME SNEEZE?
Making it through spring allergy season means knowing what’s triggering your allergies, and how to treat it. According to Heathline, tree pollen is the top trigger for spring allergies, including oak, ash, birch, elm, hickory, sycamore and walnut.2 Trees can start producing pollen anywhere between January in the south and June in the northeast, according to MedlinePlus, a publication of the National Institute of Health.3 By comparison, fall outdoor allergies are mostly triggered by ragweed.
Here’s your excuse to sleep in—according to MedlinePlus, pollen is most active in the mornings between 5am and 10am.3 The magazine recommend that allergy sufferers hold off on outdoor activities until the afternoon or if it’s raining, when pollen counts drop. Do your best not to line dry clothes outside during allergy season. Keeping a window closed during allergy season can help reduce the amount of allergens that enter the home. Dirty air filters can also affect the air quality in your home. Replacing your air conditioner filters regularly can help minimize the spread of allergens through your ventilation system, thus helping you breathe a bit easier at home. Making use of these tips can help you get closed to living allergy-free.
1. CDC. (2011, February 02). Allergies. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/healthcommunication/ToolsTemplates/EntertainmentEd/Tips/Allergies.html
2. Healthline. (2016, February 11). Pollen Library: Plants That Cause Allergies. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from http://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/pollen-library#3
3. NIH. (2013). How to Control Your Seasonal Allergies. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://medlineplus.gov/magazine/issues/spring13/articles/spring13pg22-23.html