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SPRING ALLERGIES – BUT ALL YEAR LONG???

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Yes, spring is generally the worst season for allergies but with approximately 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal or indoor allergies, every season can bring some misery including itchy & watery eyes, sneezing and congestion.  Sound familiar?  Here is a look at those seasons and some ideas about reducing the allergic impact from what they each have in store for us.

 

SPRING is generally the worst season because of all the pollen produced by the abundant spring blossoms.  In our area, pollen can start causing problems as early as January.  It’s best to stay indoors as much as possible on windy days and to wear sunglasses when outdoors to limit pollen from getting into your eyes.

 

SUMMER can have significant pollen left from spring and those problems are worsened by the emergence of grasses as the summer progresses.  The hotter and dryer our summer, the worse grass allergies are affected.  Rinse off and change clothes when you come in after time spent outdoors to reduce the impact of grass pollens.

 

FALL brings on Ragweed and other weed pollens, all of which can travel long distances to cause allergy problems.  These weed pollens can have real impact a long way from where you are.  Additionally, wet leaves from dew, rain, and morning mists develop moulds which can also cause allergic issues.  Be conscious of your exposure to these troublemakers.

 

WINTER usually means less time outside but that’s when indoor allergies become more prevalent.  Dust, pet dander, and such culprits can make even winter seem like another spring.  Clean a bit more often and be sure to pick up the dust and don’t just move it around.  Change HVAC filters on time as well.

 

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