BATTLE OF THE SEASONS: SPRING VS.
Which season is more problematic for allergy sufferers? That depends on what you’re allergic to. Whether it’s tree pollen in the spring or ragweed in the fall1—we want to know which allergy season affects you most. Vote for your worst allergy season and read on for a closer look at which seasonal allergens are to blame.
Tree pollen is one of the most common spring allergy symptoms. In the spring, dormant trees come alive, often with a vengeance. They release pollen into the air as a way of reproducing but unfortunately, that pollen can trigger an allergic response in many people.1
Pollen counts are typically highest in the morning, and on warm and windy days.Pollen can be hard to avoid in the spring, when pollen counts are high. If you suffer from this allergy, try to limit the time you spend outside on particularly high pollen count days.2
Ragweed pollen is the source for many common fall allergy symptoms. It grows throughout the United States and releases pollen from August to November. Typically, ragweed pollen counts are highest in mid-September.2 Perhaps that’s why some children cry when they return to school that month.
Mold is also a typical trigger for autumn allergies. Molds are fungi (not the ones you eat in salads) that thrive in moist, damp environments. The rotting leaves of fall provide an excellent home for mold growth, and to the detriment of allergy sufferers, release spores into the air to reproduce.3These tiny spores are often the culprit for those runny noses and watery, itchy eyes you see in allergy sufferers.4
Both spring and fall have their share of troublesome allergens. Which season is worse really comes down to what you're allergic to and just how allergic you are.
1. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Spring Allergies. [Fact sheet].www.aaaai.org/Aaaai/media/MediaLibrary/PDF Documents/Libraries/EL-Spring-Allergies-patient.pdf
2. Seasonal Allergies. (2014, December 30). Retrieved March 13, 2015.http://acaai.org/allergies/types/seasonal