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Understanding Seasonal Allergies

If you are one of the millions of people who have seasonal allergies, you need to understand your seasonal allergies so that you will be better able to cope with them.

Changing Of The Seasons

The changing of the seasons from summer to autumn or the winter into spring or even the summer seasons are quite enjoyable for most people. Unfortunately, for those who have seasonal allergies, these changes could bring about a lot of misery. Seasonal allergies can best be helped if you know what triggers your allergies. If you can avoid your allergy triggers, then you can be symptom free for the whole of the season. On the other hand, if you cannot entirely avoid your triggers, at least you can prepare yourself better and could take some precautions to mitigate the effects of your seasonal allergies.

What Are Seasonal Allergies?

A seasonal allergy is an allergic reaction to a trigger that is typically only present for part of a year, such as spring or fall. This particular allergy type refers to a pollen allergy, such as trees, weeds and grasses. Perennial allergies, on the other hand, are usually present year-round, and include allergens such as pet dander and house dust mite. Molds can be a seasonal or perennial allergy trigger.

According to experts, there are certain types of people who are allergic to some particles in the air. In most cases, the change in season or the weather would usher a change in airborne particles that’s why most people only have allergies at certain parts of the year. In the United States, the pollen and even molds in the air during the spring and the summer seasons can cause seasonal allergies. Ragweed pollen can be quite potent for some people and could trigger some serious allergic reactions.

Birch, oak and maple tree pollens are few of the most common culprits of seasonal allergies in the country.


Pollens that are easily moved by the wind are usually the main culprits of seasonal allergies, while pollens that rely on insects (such as the honeybee) to be carried to other plants do not. Plants with bright, vibrant flowers (such as roses) are insect pollinated and do not generally cause seasonal allergies since the pollen is not usually present in the air.


Spring Time Allergies

Spring allergies are a consequence of pollen from trees. These trees start pollinating anytime from January to May, depending on the climate and location. Trees that are widely known to cause severe allergies include elm, birch, oak, olive, ash, hickory, poplar, walnut, maple, cypress and sycamore.

Fall Allergies

Weed pollen is the biggest cause of seasonal allergy in the late summer and early fall. Depending on the area of North America, these weeds include sagebrush, ragweed, pigweed, Russian thistle (better known as tumbleweed) and cocklebur.

Summertime Allergies

Typically the main cause of late spring and early summer allergies is grass pollen. Grass pollen is at it’s peak at these times. Grass pollen may cause allergies throughout the year if you are mowing the lawn or lying in the grass. Contact with grass can result in itching and hives in people who are allergic to grass pollen.

Learning To Avoid Your Triggers

The first step to getting rid of seasonal allergies is to identify what triggers it. Different people have different triggers so you must know what causes yours. You can identify your allergies triggers by keeping logs of the things that you do during the day and how your body reacts to it. For instance, if you happen to be exposed to certain types of pollen, you need to note down your reaction to it. If you start sneezing and coughing a few minutes after you have passed an oak tree during springtime, then there is a big possibility that your allergic reaction was triggered by the pollen from the oak tree.

Once you know what triggers your allergies you should try to avoid these things. If you happen to be living in a street lined with oak trees, it might be a good idea for you to move to another place where there are lesser possibilities for you to be exposed to oak tree pollen.


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