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NAVIGATE ALLERGY SEASON LIKE A PRO.
UNDERSTANDING “ALLERGY SEASON”
Allergy season is upon us — but what does that mean? When did it start? Better yet, when will it end? Here’s a look at what you can expect during allergy season this year and how you can prepare.
WHEN IS ALLERGY SEASON?
That depends on where you live and what you’re allergic to. But generally speaking, there are three allergy seasons for outdoor allergens: spring, summer, and fall.1
In some places, spring allergy season can start as early as February.2 Trees, the main culprit, produce high amounts of pollen.1For an in-depth look into spring allergies, tap here.
During summer, grasses, such as Timothy, Johnson, and Rye, release allergy-causing pollen.3
Weeds are the top allergy offenders during the fall—especially ragweed, which can grow in nearly every environment.1For an in-depth look into fall allergies, tap here.
WHEN IS ALLERGY SEASON OVER?
Millions of Americans experience year-round symptoms, regardless of when pollen season starts and ends. Year-round allergy symptoms can be caused by indoor allergens, such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold.4
To find out what’s causing your allergy symptoms, consider consulting an allergist. While avoiding indoor and outdoor allergens is the most effective treatment, it’s not always possible. That’s why it’s important to treat your allergies when they start.4
HOW TO PREPARE FOR ALLERGY SEASON
The first step is to know what you’re allergic to. Next, it helps to minimize your exposure to those allergens—whether that means cleaning your home in a certain way to reduce indoor allergens or keeping an eye on your local allergy forecast.
Once you start suffering from seasonal allergy symptoms, figure out which allergy medicine is right for you and start treating as soon as your allergy symptoms start. Taking your medicine before peak allergy season can help alleviate symptoms like nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes.
- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. (2015, October). Pollen Allergy. Retrieved April 07, 2017, from https://www.aafa.org/page/pollen-allergy.aspx
- American College of Allergy. (2017, March 20). Seasonal Allergies. Retrieved April 07, 2017, from https://acaai.org/allergies/seasonal-allergies
- Kerr, M. (2016, February 11). Pollen Library: Plants That Cause Allergies. Retrieved April 07, 2017, from https://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/pollen-library#2
- AAAAI. (n.d.). Indoor Allergens. Retrieved April 07, 2017, from www.aaaai.org/patients/publicedmat/tips/indoorallergens.stm